Carmen & Lola (Carmen y Lola) Reviews

February 1, 2020
Carmen & Lola isn't a new story but it is a fresh perspective and a small insight into a tight knit community that is not portrayed as open-minded.
January 2, 2020
Almost the entire cast is made up of gypsies, who are not professional actors. They add a sense of realism to the film.
June 10, 2019
Arantxa Echevarría's assured debut revolves around two Roma teens... The potential for tragedy comes from their patriarchal community's inability to accept same-sex romance, but the possibility for triumph lies with their stubbornness and strength.
June 3, 2019
By refusing to take the easy way out, [Spanish writer/director Arantxa Echevarría] transforms Carmen y Lola into a less cliché, forbidden love story with real consequences.
April 12, 2019
Carmen & Lola is a heartbreaking Spanish drama with a beautiful love story at its center.
March 15, 2019
A refreshing new take on a familiar tale of hidden sexuality and forbidden romance. It isn't entirely flawless, but seeing this story transported to a culture rarely depicted in pop culture makes it worth seeking out regardless.
March 7, 2019
There is nothing in this story of star-crossed lovers that you have not seen in dozens of previous films, but it still makes for a reasonably entertaining, if unsurprising, viewing thanks to the undeniable charm of the two leads.
February 12, 2019
The film has its faults...but these are outweighed by its rare and authentic portrayal of Roma in cinema, as well as the hopeful message it carries for those members of the LGBT community who face similar obstacles.
September 10, 2018
It is in the level of social representation where the film stands out. [Full review in Spanish]
September 7, 2018
There are no beginner gaps in the movie or vacuous pretensions. Echevarria's sense of place is good, has freshness, sensuality and ability to get excited for love. [Full Review in Spanish]
September 4, 2018
[Director Arantxa Echevarria] not only respects the characters, she respects her two actresses. [Full review in Spanish]
August 26, 2018
The film portrays an welcomely authentic look at the gypsy world. [Full Review in Spanish]
May 23, 2018
A pleasant but linear, single-issue movie, which is compassionate and deeply felt, but also tidy and tamed, just like first love isn't.
May 18, 2018
Ultimately both insipid and arguably too sympathetic for some viewers to the homophobic attitudes of the family.
May 16, 2018
It's regretful... that the film suffers from the purely fictional aspect: in the construction of the characters, their love story and their dramatic development. [Full review in Spanish]
May 16, 2018
The film draws its greatest energy from its almost documentalist grip, with which its director films the daily life of the community. [Full review in Spanish]
May 16, 2018
This energetic first feature from Arantxa Echevarria combines a vibrantly realised sense of place and Spain's gypsy community with assured work with a cast of non-professional actors.