Lilja is a teenage girl abandoned by her mother who moved the the US with her boyfriend. Alone and broke, Lilja gradually resorts to prostitution to feed herself. All hope is lost when she goes to Sweden, lured by her new boyfriend Andrei. There, she is sold as a sex-slave. Raped and beaten on a daily basis, she finally manages to escape, ending her life by jumping of a bridge.
Lilja 4-ever is the striking tale of innocence stolen. With its edgy editing, documentary-like directing, very good acting and to-the-point script, this movie immerses the viewer in the filthy and decadent life the eponymous character. As such, it ranks with other destruction tales like Dancer in the Dark or Breaking the Waves.