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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, Rovimore
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.


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 Mistr...
Jacques Lebreton
as Bookshop Owner
Carlo Nell
as Dancing Teacher
Margo Lion
as Jeanne, Michel's Mot...
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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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