“You remain dead for all of eternity, but you're alive only for a brief moment.”
Lukas Moodysson’s Lilja 4-ever is a devastating experience that will never leave me. I sat in silence long after the credits rolled, reflecting on the mixed emotions I felt throughout. This film will change your perspective on life and it will leave you with a message of hope even if that’s hidden underneath all the grime & misery you’ve witnessed. It’s a deeply upsetting film that shows characters experience rape, starvation, abandonment, but at the end of the day, this film is about friendship. Hope may run thin when experiencing extreme hardships, but someone is always there waiting to envelop you in love, releasing you from the pain & loss of this empty abyss called life. Lilja 4-ever left me with something valuable. It’s a message that I’ll never forget and one I’ll take with me throughout life.