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Roland Cassard is a young man with no job and seemingly no prospects. By chance, he runs into his former girlfriend, Cecile who works as a dancer at a cabaret under the stage name Lola. She... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Marc Michel ...
Jacques Harden ...
Michel
Alan Scott ...
Frankie
Elina Labourdette ...
Madame Desnoyers
Margo Lion ...
Jeanne, Michel's Mother
Annie Duperoux ...
Cécile Desnoyers (as Annie Dupéroux)
Catherine Lutz ...
Claire, the bar owner
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Daisy
Yvette Anziani ...
Madame Frédérique
Dorothée Blanck ...
Dolly (as Dorothée Blank)
Isabelle Lunghini ...
Nelly
Annick Noël ...
Ellen
Ginette Valton ...
Hair Stylist's Mistress
Anne Zamire ...
Maggie
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Roland Cassard is a young man with no job and seemingly no prospects. By chance, he runs into his former girlfriend, Cecile who works as a dancer at a cabaret under the stage name Lola. She is now a single mom and works hard to provide her young son with all of the necessities of life. Lola still hopes that her son's father, Michel - the true love of her life - will someday return to them. Seeing Lola again confirms to Roland that he is in love with her but his feelings aren't reciprocated. Roland has also met Madame Desnoyer and her 14 year-old daughter, also called Cecile. Madame Desnoyer, a widow, is quite taken with Roland but he has little interest in her. For Roland, he sees little future in remaining in France. Written by garykmcd

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Jacques Demy's first film is a tribute to Max Ophuls. See more »

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Marvelous juxtaposition of harsh reality and lyricism

This film, which sets up many of the story lines and themes that are taken up in "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg," is as charming and seductive as the latter, even in black and white and without the musical numbers. In fact, the black and white is quite spectacular--the camera loves Anouk Aimée in particular--and the film seems as if it is going to turn into a musical at almost every moment. While watching the film, one thrills to see the first statement of director Demy's beautiful and poignant cinematic universe. "Lola" is at once a splendid homage to the classic Hollywood film, and at the same time, through its expression of complex, mostly tragic themes, and quotidian--if not ugly--realities, something much more intriguing than a conventional film romance. Yet, such harshness is tempered, even transformed, by the dreamscape of cinema, both in what is depicted on-screen as well as through the characters' own processes of dreaming. You needn't resist the temptation to call it sublime.


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