In 2004, a wonderful movie about sexual awakening came out of France. Lila Says tells the story of Chimo, a teenager in an Arabic neighborhood of Marseilles who falls in love with Lila, a new girl on the block. Lila plays seductive, entrancing Chimo with peeks up her skirt and sordid tales of past sexual conquests, but their fledgling affair remains innocent… until a more aggressive friend of Chimo’s falls in love with Lila, too.
Adapted from an anonymous French novella that caused a controversy in the country, the plot sounds straightforward, but Lila Says offers a lot of surprises, including interesting camera work by writer-director Ziad Doueiri in his second outing. The film picked up a handful of awards, and has been highly rated at Criticker by nearly everyone who’s seen it.
Available at Amazon: Lila Says