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Lila Says (Lila dit ca)

Rating:No Rating
Genre:Drama
Release Date:June 24, 2005
Running time:89 minutes
Cast:Vahina Giocante, Mohammed Khouas, Karim Benhadou, Lofti Chakri, Houd Dkhissi
Director:Ziad Doueiri
Producer:Marina Gefter
Writer:Chimo, Ziad Doueiri
Distributor:Samuel Goldwyn Films

Description: Set in Marseilles, this coming-of-age tale centers on a Lolita-esque teen who is a big tease to a shy Arab kid. Lila is a gorgeous 16-year-old girl who has just moved, with her rather strange aunt, into a poor neighborhood populated primarily by Arab families. The two leaders of the suburb's main gang fall in love with her. One is the film's poetic narrator, a quiet boy with a talent for writing named Chimo; the other is Mouloud, a headstrong punk. One day, Lila dares Chimo to look up her skirt -- if he can handle it -- and by doing so, puts into motion a sequence of raw, devastating events. The ensuing maelstrom that develops out of this romantic triangle reveals the dangers inherent in sexual game playing.

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