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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 will settle down with one of them, but her heart still belongs to Michel. The film is dedicated to Max Ophüls and the film title obviously alludes to Ophüls' Lola Montes as well as to the heroine of Josef Von Sternberg's The Blue Angel. Marc Michel makes a reference to his unrequited love towards Lola when he reappears in Demy's The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964). ~ Yuri German, Rovi


Marc Michel
as Roland Cassard
Elina Labourdette
as Madame Desnoyers
Alan Scott
as Frankie
Annie Duperoux
as Cécile Desnoyers
Yvette Anziani
as Madame Frédérique
Gerard Delaroche
as Yvon Lola's Son
Ginette Valton
as Hair Stylist's Mistress
Jacques Lebreton
as Bookshop Owner
Carlo Nell
as Dancing Teacher
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Critic Reviews for Lola

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (7)

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

March 1, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

March 1, 2017 | Full Review…

If Lola is not a masterwork, its general polish and intent augur a bright future for the 31-year-old Mr. Demy.

March 1, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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.

March 1, 2017 | Full Review…

There is something gentle and elusive going on here, and you should catch the movie at long last even if you've seen it before.

March 1, 2017 | Full Review…

Jacques Demy's first and in some ways best feature, shot in exquisite black-and-white 'Scope by Raoul Coutard, is among the most neglected major works of the French New Wave.

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Audience Reviews for Lola


Not the femme-fatale tale which I expected, "Lola" is a slice of life about a well-meaning cabaret dancer (Anouk Aimee) torn between three men: a visiting American sailor, an old childhood friend and a long-departed husband (whose young son she is raising alone). Meanwhile, a pretty 14-year-old girl studies English and rebels against her mother by befriending the sailor, while the above childhood friend contemplates taking a shady trafficking job. The various characters' lives overlap in clever ways, and the storytelling maintains that light, open-ended tone so commonly found in '60s French cinema. Meanwhile, Michel Legrand's frisky score smooths over the rough spots. I did find myself wishing the film was in color -- I rarely have this complaint, but the glamorous women and romantic sights seemed somewhat hobbled by the black-and-white cinematography.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer

Beautiful and Boring

Ken Stachnik
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
Stefanie C

Super Reviewer

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