Reviews suggest that Lilya 4-ever is a film that embodies Murphy law,
an epigram that means “anything that can go wrong, will go wrong”.
But I think Drucker’s law can be applied too,
“if one thing goes wrong, everything else will, and at the same time.”
Both laws illustrate the inevitability of shit happening in life.
As pessimistic as they might imply,
not everyone can manage to turn to the right direction when all their gears are broken.
Lilya 4-ever is produced in 2002.
It is a Swedish-Danish drama film.
No wonder all the characters speak in Russian.
The plot is simple.
But the message hits home hard.
The protagonist is a 16-year old Estonian girl named Lilya.
She is misled by her mother thinking she could go along to America with her,
while in fact her mother is just eloping with a Russian man,
leaving Lilya alone.
her aunt throws her away from her own home and makes her live in some shitty apartment where nobody would pay for her electricity bill.
She is betrayed by her best friend Natasha,
as Natasha twists facts of her being a prostitute in the night club while in fact Natasha is the one.
Drifting into the downward spiral,
Lilya saves Volodya from suicide after being thrown out of his home.
He is a drug addict,
always sniffing glue and drinking cough medicine.
They then become soulmates and live together supporting each other,
until Lilya decides to “open her legs” to get some money to buy a basketball for Volodya’s birthday.
She begins to take up sex trade.
She meets a seemingly good guy Andrei who takes her to eat ice-cream and play games.
He promises to give her a better life in Sweden.
So she comes along with him,
entrusting him wholeheartedly,
regardless of Volodya’s reluctance and despair.
It turns out Lilya subjects to the lowest and most degrading sex-for-hire business.
Volodya kills himself.
Lilya continues to live life as if she is dead already,
praying to God after each sexual business.
Many a times she wanna gives up and Volodya’s angel shows up,
persuading her not to.
In the end,
she decides she has suffered enough and jumps off a bridge.
Lilya and Volodya finally can hold each other again.
They finally get the life they have pursued for so long.
This movie is indeed depressing,
unveiling the deepest sorrow behind poverty,
sexual violence and human trafficking.
But the innocence of Lilya and Volodya strikes me to the core.
Volodya is all the way accompanying Lilya through thick and thin.
When Lilya finally realizes he is the one who won’t harm her at all,
it is too late.
Bittersweet moments in the end guarantees you to shed a tear or two.