Lola (1961)


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Jacques Demy's auspicious debut -- "a musical without music" set in the port city of Nantes -- stars Anouk Aimée as the title character, a cabaret singer awaiting the return of Michel (Jacques Hardin), her long-absent lover and the father of her child. Michel went to America seven years ago and promised to return when he became rich. In Michel's absence, Lola is being courted by her childhood friend Roland (Marc Michel) and American sailor Frankie (Allan Scott). At some point, it seems that Lola … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Jacques Demy
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On DVD: Dec 9, 2003
Wellspring Media Inc.



as Roland

as Mme. Desnoyers

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as Frankie

as Claire the Waitress

as Mme. Frederique

as Yvon Lola's Son

as beauty Shop Propriet...

as Bookshop Owner

as Dancing Teacher
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Critic Reviews for Lola

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Demy gently mocks romantic movie effects, which he employs more romantically than ever.

Full Review… | June 1, 2015
New Yorker
Top Critic

Pleasantly conceived romantic roundelay.

Full Review… | February 26, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Decades after it was made, Lola, Demy's auspicious directing debut starring Anouk Aimee, is just as impressive, lyrical and touching as it was in 1961.

Full Review… | July 31, 2012

Audience Reviews for Lola

Beautiful and Boring

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer


beautifully shot. the plot had so much potential for intertwining of stories (such as parralels for the ceciles, the blond sailors, etc), but these didn't connect, at least for me. i adore anouk aimee, but i found this character cliched; i much prefer her in 'la dolce vita.'

Stefanie C

Super Reviewer


Good breakthrough movie by Jacques Demy. Came across a little uneven and the so-called "reality" was punctuated by a series of coincidences, but I can totally sense his style evolving starting with this film.

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

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