This film is, doubtless, the most utterly depressing depiction of human suffering one could ever attempt to fathom. Such an assertion is, to be sure, quite substantial, but ultimately warrants no further explanation after experiencing. Lilya 4-ever in no way spares its viewer from the sheer terror, abuse, and heartbreak this particular cinematic world provides. It is the abiding trepidation that at any point, Lilya’s incomprehensibly horrendous circumstance might compound itself in such a way that leaves her and the viewer virtually unable to continue...but perhaps more affectingly, that such evil exists in our world. I am thoroughly depressed after watching this film; I erred in assuming I was in a remotely fit mental state for such an undertaking. It is not for the faint of heart and absolutely will ruin you, but is, nonetheless, a must watch for those indebted to prioritizing unforgettable performances.