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  • Summary: Based on the best-selling and highly controversial French novel of the same name, Lila Says is an incredibly seductive story of sexual awakening. (Samuel Goldwyn Films)
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. Lila, played by Vahina Giocante, who resembles a sexed-up young Emma Thompson, is a teasing, 16-year-old blond baby doll with a gleam of perception beyond her years.
  2. Startlingly erotic and surprisingly moving.
  3. Superbly acted, especially by Giocante as the teasing 16-year-old instigator.
  4. 67
    It doesn't take an awareness of the ethnic and cultural differences between the miniskirted siren and the shy Arab youth to see that she might be more than he can handle.
  5. Reviewed by: Jessica Reaves
    Far less interesting than its premise, primarily because we never know what anyone is really thinking.
  6. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    Easy on the eye but light on originality.
  7. A misguided tale of sentimental education.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. [Anonymous]
    May 24, 2007
    Beautifully captivating. Reminisant of youth. Poetry on film. Elegant, fierce, dreamy.
  2. AlP.
    Nov 16, 2006
    Superior work in this film, with a moving end, and camera work that leaves nothing to chance, apart from maybe one's imagination. Excellent movie.. excellent execution and congratulations to Vahina and Ziad.! Expand
  3. KHil
    Dec 30, 2006
    Beautiful movie, the first one that has really engaged my intellect in quite a long time. At first glance there is barely a story beyond teen agnst (if even that), but there are so many levels to analyze Lila on. Does she represent the separation between good and evil? Is she really an angel, rewarding those who are good and excluding those who are bad. She seems to be an agent of the earth and nature but also of a higher being... her sexuality, though not even her own, is not inherently good or bad, but a representation of the female and of, paradoxically, innocence. A fantastic film. Expand
  4. MelissaK.
    Aug 23, 2006
    beautifuly shot but the female character is so one dimensional- she is just a temptress--even almost in the bibical sense of how so many depict women as the seducers of poor innocent men. And she pays the price of course by being raped. All this could be acceptable her relentless character grew and became more real--more human-but she just remains the blond temptress.a one dimensional vison created in the mind of yet another male writer. Because I don't think a woman could or would have written a female character quite this way. Expand

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