Director: Anna Kazejak
Screenplay: Anna Kazejak, Magnus von Horn
Starring: Eliza Rycembel, Mateusz Wieclawek, Magdalena Poplawska, Dawid Ogrodnik
Producer: Lukasz Dzieciol
Running Time: 97 min
Lila (Eliza Rycembel) is a schoolgirl in love; but her boyfriend Janek (Mateusz Wieclawek) has betrayed her with another girl. Seeking revenge Lila puts in motion a chain of events that cannot be stopped leading to terrifying consequences.
This tale of revenge from Polish director Anna Kazejak is a chilling insight into the world of today’s teenagers. With Skyping petting sessions and online lives, social media bullying and texting trails Kazejak paints a picture of an increasingly unreal world of interactions and the kind of modern love it engenders.
Rycembel is a star turn as Lila, the camera follows her through most of the film and we see her in moments of stillness and thought which convey so much and yet reveal so little about who she really is. A non smoker, non drinker who hates cursing Lila is a very adult figure but as the film progresses and her world crumbles she becomes more childlike, sleeping in her mother’s bed and asking her dad to carry her upstairs. Asking her parents to parent her at last when the rules she has created for herself stop working out as she planned.
It’s a disturbing but beautifully shot film; Kazejak wanted to make a film about female aggression and was inspired by the true story of a girl in Sweden. She highlights the dangers of the internet as an unreal place, about adults having children and then not necessarily making the right choices for those children. Ultimately no one in this film is innocent; with the parents acting like children and refusing to face up to their responsibilities and the children making up their own rules.
This is a very modern tale and a very thoughtful engrossing film.