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Lola (2001)



Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 3

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Following up on his gritty Dogma-certified look at street life in Toronto in Johnny, Carl Bessai shifts gears to detail the suburb ennui in Vancouver. Lola (Sabrina Grdevich) spends much of her days on her therapist's couch, blankly wandering the malls and running the odd errand for her hard-driving husband Mike (Colm Feore). Their marriage has stagnated for so long that they can barely imagine another way of living together. One night after an ugly fight, Lola heads into the night. She runs


Art House & International, Drama

Jacques Demy

Jun 26, 2007


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It is offbeat, with shafts of tender feeling and truth. But trying to touch on too many subjects makes the film uneven.

August 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Very beautifully shot, in widescreen and luminous black-and-white, it is also formally astonishing, with all the minor characters serving as variations on the central couple.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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If Lola is not a masterwork, its general polish and intent augur a bright future for the 31-year-old Mr. Demy.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Aimée is reason enough to catch this import.

April 12, 2002 Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News
San Jose Mercury News
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An ode to yearning and enchantment -- a valentine to France, to beautiful women, to the foolish but delicious notions of romance that we receive from Hollywood.

April 12, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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A delightfully melancholy romance of coincidence, starring European film's epitome of sophisticated sexuality.

March 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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Demy's 1961 bittersweet musical reverie starring Anouk Aimee is one of the most brilliant works of the French New Wave.

July 31, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

The Ophüls question ("Quelle heure est-il?") is always in the air, along with the tilting, craning and tracking that link and sever feelings

June 27, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion

Intuited rather than explained & felt rather than understood.

February 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
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Before he gained renown with The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Demy made his feature debut with a prequel of sorts, which was his elegant homage to the films of Max Ophuls.

September 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

Jacques Demy's 1961 classic Lola is a breathtaking reminder of what magic in the movies used to mean. It's pure enchantment.

January 27, 2004 Full Review Source:

Pleasantly conceived romantic roundelay.

December 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Unfashionable today but clever and captivating in its startling monochrome imagery.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4

An early Demy prize, lighting the way to his masterpiece The Young Girls of Rochefort.

September 3, 2002
Matinee Magazine

Has a springy, musical quality to it.

April 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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It is an undeniably thin story altogether, but Lola skates by on endless amounts of charm.

April 12, 2002

The film represents an idealized view of reality that will strike some viewers (including this one) as overly sentimental.

March 21, 2002
New Times

Demy is best known stateside for his wondrous musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, but some consider this, his debut feature, to be his best work.

November 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Citysearch

Free-flowing debut feature from French director Jacques Demy who, with his wife, director Agnes Varda, flourished during the New Wave.

November 15, 2001 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Audience Reviews for Lola

An interesting character study that follows Lola (Sabrina Grdevich), a young woman with a bully for a husband, who befriends Sandra (Joanna Going) a prostitute, only to see her murdered. She then decides to assume the murdered woman's life and travel to visit Sandra's mother from whom Sandra has been estranged. It was fascinating to watch this heretofore mousy woman take on the murdered woman's personality and begin to assert herself in different situations. The story moves from the streets and seedier areas of Vancouver out into the Canadian Rockies, and the cinematography brightens considerably in the wide open spaces, contributing to the change that Lola undergoes. The story left the viewer with a couple of unanswered questions, but on the whole proved a quite satisfying experience. The supporting cast was not stellar, but more than capable. Colm Feore plays the husband as a ruthless psychological abuser who belittles Lola at every turn. One feels little sympathy for him when his sense of loss begins to set in, but that is what the filmmaker intended. Solid effort.
December 23, 2011
Mark Abell

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[font=Century Gothic][color=red]"Lola" is a 1961 French film directed by Jacques Demy. The lead character is Lola(nee Cecile) played by Anouk Aimee who is a cabaret dancer with a young son. There is another Cecile in the film who is just shy of 14 years old. The younger Cecile mirrors her elder's life but the two Ceciles never meet. Instead, they interact with an American sailor and a local character in search of direction. An early scene sets the stage for the rest of the film, when one of the lead characters is late to work and not for the first time. [/color][/font][font=Century Gothic][color=red]Basically, "Lola" is a bittersweet concoction about near-misses, happenstance, and what does happen when connections are made. [/color][/font]
January 18, 2005
Walter M.

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