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Lily Was Here (1989)

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111 min | Drama, Thriller

The 17-year-old Lily is not easy: she works long hours as a cashier at a large supermarket; at home it does not butter with her mother, who has raised her alone and has a grudge against her, and with her mother's new partner. She finds ...See moreThe 17-year-old Lily is not easy: she works long hours as a cashier at a large supermarket; at home it does not butter with her mother, who has raised her alone and has a grudge against her, and with her mother's new partner. She finds solace with Alan, a black American soldier stationed in the Netherlands; they make plans to go to his family in America together. She has not told him that she is pregnant; he gives her confirmation that he would like it. Shortly before their departure, Alan is stabbed to the streets by a few racists. Lily's mother expects her to have the child removed, but Lily wants to keep it. She flees to the big city where she runs straight into the arms of a pimp, Ted. He lets her live in an apartment where previously a girl named Loni lived. After some annoying incidents she escapes from Ted with the help of neighbor Arend, who drives for Ted but blames him for driving Loni to death. Lily takes a shabby room but has no money for the rent. When the cash register is unoccupied in a baby shop, she will empty it. She goes back to Loni's flat to pick up a forgotten audio cassette with Alan's voice on it, and barely escapes Ted again, with Arend's help. Meanwhile, her landlord, who saw that she had a lot of cash, got everything out of her room. But now she knows how easy it is, especially with a (uncharged) pistol that she had found in Loni's flat. In a better hotel her room is full of baby stuff. The police are looking for Lily and publish her description; a hotel clerk tells her. When she gets contractions she calls Arend to take her to the midwife, who helps her even though she knows that Lily is being looked for. They can not go to her hotel room because of the police and they like that in a subway shaft. The child has problems and the midwife brings it to the hospital, where both police and Ted await Lily afterwards. She sleeps at Arend that night. He says she has to go abroad, but she does not think about it, without her child, that she has named Loni after Arend's friend. She goes to the hospital, finds her child, and, by her naive determination, gets the police commissioner to let her go. Written by lament See less
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Sjaak Sjaak   See fewer
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Adrian Brine
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Monique van de Ven
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René Retèl
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Eric Beekes
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Beppie Melissen
Bankbediende Bankbediende   See fewer
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Marion Visee
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Otto Sterman
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Erika Kuyten
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Wilma Bult
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Paul Meyer
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5.7 / 10 | 245 votes