In his second feature film director Ziad Doueiri (WEST BEIRUT) takes on themes of race religion youth and sexual bravado. Based on a controversial novel purported to be a 19-year-old Arabs actual diary this hormonally charged coming-of-age story is set in a dingy ethnically mixed slum of post-9/11 Marseilles. When we meet Chimo he is a self-described loser intent on hanging around with his slacker friends instead of pursuing his talent as a writer. But when Lila--a 16-year-old Catholic seductress--moves into the ghetto with her crazy perverted aunt she stirs something in Chimo and his depressing community with her angelic face blonde hair and impressively lewd language. While Lila will do no more than taunt the rest of the local men with her assets she singles out Chimo and initiates him into a world filled with sexual desire. In fact it is on their very first meeting that Lila offers Chimo a peak up her skirt an invitation made even more appealing by her proclivity for not wearing underwear. By turning a thing as simple and seemingly innocent as a bike ride into a sexual escapade Lila helps Chimo to see the world in a new way. As Chimo narrates his way through Lilas relentless advances and elaborate sexual fantasies tension between him and his friends builds to a chilling inevitable climax that reveals everyones true colours. From one of its strangely breathtaking opening shots (the camera pans upward as the gloomy alley between two soiled apartment buildings is interrupted by a clotheslines bright hues) to its last LILA SAYS draws the viewer in with camerawork as seductive and beautiful as its title character.
Making of featurette
Release Date: 11 June 2007
Certificate: 18 - Suitable for 18 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 18, by placing an order for this product you are declaring that you are 18 years or over.
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic Wide Screen
Sound: Dolby Digital
Main Language: French