Lilly is nine years old and lives with her mother and brothers Robbin and Melvin in a squatter community deep in the woods, until they are faced with some bad news: the terrain their cabin is on is due to be demolished and Lilly will have to leave her forest for the a dime-a-dozen row house and the stone surroundings of the suburbs. Will Lilly rediscover her freedom in her new neighbourhood?
Wild Lilly, to be a girl and rediscover happiness
As a nine-years-old girl, Lilly needs very little to be a happy. In the company of her mother and brothers Robbin and Melvin, she lives in a perfect place to be free, within a squatter community in the Dutch forest. In the first minutes of film, we see her shouting with joy as she plays on a tree-toothed swing, and also carefully cutting a wooden log with a saw, or lighting a big bonfire when the day is still sunny.
But after the government's decision to regain control of the land, her house must be demolished and Lilly will have to leave her ideal place to grow up. Filmmaker Sanne Rovers places the film camera from Lilly's perspective to film the most important change in Lilly´s childhood as she moves to a small, seemingly monotonous neighborhood.
The realism that permeates the story is punctuated by impressionist brushstrokes that rest on the music and the sound design that makes us live with Lilly a carousel of emotions in her quest to find the essence of her happiness among a new world made of stone houses.