Lukas Moodysson, a young Swedish director, crafts a stunner of a film out of familiar turf. Lilya, 16, is dumped by her mother in the former Soviet Union. Drifting through Europe, she lives on scraps and the cash she gets from selling her body. Oksana Akinshina is unforgettable as Lilya. Moodysson thinks he can cut through the world's apathy with a mere movie. Godspeed.
From The Archives Issue 923: May 29, 2003