Lila dit ça
This is one
of the hottest, sexiest movies you will ever see that does not contain
even a scintilla of nudity. The language is so frank that several elderly
couples stormed out when I saw it in a theater.
(Mohammed Khouas) is a Muslim teenager who meets Lila (Vahina Giocante), a
beautiful contemporary. She picks Chimo out of a group comprised of him
and his three friends, flirts, and then asks him if he wants to look up
Ziad Doueiri, this film captures perfectly how inscrutable women are to
men. Chimo doesn’t really know what’s going on until it’s too late. Lila
is in complete control, but, even so, she doesn’t get through to Chimo
what she wants, to the detriment of both.
Lila is a
beautiful woman who is completely frank in her conversations with Chimo,
but is her frankness honest or fantasy? Regardless, she creates a fully
clothed sexual tension reminiscent of Kathleen Turner in “Body Heat”
(1981). Although Chimo is totally bewildered, he’s dazzled to the point
that she dominates his thoughts and fouls up his relationship with his
There is an
economy to the script that is surprising when one considers that four
people got writing credit. When a script is the result of such communal
efforts, one doesn’t expect such quality. However, one should be prepared
for language and drawings that border on pornographic.
dissension not only into Chimo’s life, but in the life of his friends and
her aunt, who also seems to get some sort of sexual gratification from
of Chimo’s pack, Mouloud (Karim Ben Hadou) lusts after Lila from afar,
which leads to problems.
I liked the
way Chimo is so completely mystified and intrigued by Lila and what she
says. There is a lot of talk here, but it’s still 89 interesting minutes.
In French with subtitles.
July 2, 2005