Release date:June 24, 2005
(NY, LA release: July 1)
Studio:Samuel Goldwyn Films
MPAA Rating:R (for strong sexual content, language and a brief violent image)
Screenwriters:Ziad Doueiri, Mark Lawrence, Joelle Touma
Starring:Vahina Giocante, Mohammed Khouas, Karim Ben Haddou, Edmonde Franchi, Lotfi Chakri, Hamid Dkhissi, Carmen Lebbos, Stéphanie Fatout, Ghandi Assad, Barbara Chossis, Dominique Bluzet, Bruno Esposito
"Lila Says" is based on a book that caused much controversy in France. Nineteen-year-old quiet poet Chimo (Mohammed Khouas) falls for Lila (Vahina Giacante), a gorgeous, blonde girl who just moved in with her creepy aunt in an Arab ghetto. One day Lila asks Chimo to look up her skirt -- if he can handle it. Meanwhile, Mouloud (Karim Benhadou), the loud leader of a rival gang, also sets his sights on Lila. Their game of sexual discovery leads to an unexpected look at tolerance, self-hatred, and machismo. It also questions the fantasy that permeates the film with fun and danger.