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Lola (1961)

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In Nantes, a bored young man named Roland is letting life pass him by when he has a chance meeting with a woman he knew in his teens: she's Lola, now a cabaret dancer. She's also the ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win. See more awards »
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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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In Nantes, a bored young man named Roland is letting life pass him by when he has a chance meeting with a woman he knew in his teens: she's Lola, now a cabaret dancer. She's also the devoted single mother of a young son, and she harbors the hope that his father, who deserted her during pregnancy, will return. Roland realizes he's in love with Lola, and this gives sudden purpose to his life. But how does she feel? Woven into the story are an American sailor who likes Lola and is kind to her son; a girl on the eve of her 14th birthday, when all things seem romantic; the girl's mother, a lonely widow; and, an aging woman who misses her son. And who's the rich guy in the Cadillac? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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14 October 1962 (USA)  »

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

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Followed by Model Shop (1969) See more »

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2 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Jacques Demy's effervescent romance is one of the best and most enduring examples of the stylistic explosion since called the French New Wave, but compared to Resnais' often-tortured exposition and Godard's turgid socio-political cul-de-sacs this playful look at the mysteries of first love is alive with an almost irresistible vitality. Demy pursues with tongue-in-cheek determination the idea that life can be a series of happy accidents, weaving several interlocked plot threads into a delicate web of chance and coincidence to illustrate the casual symmetry of life and love. At the heart of the film is a young cabaret dancer waiting (against reason) for her American sailor to return, whose sometimes sad, sometimes comic story is oddly echoed in the lives of everyone around her. It's as if the world were an endless progression of dancers and sailors, destined to mingle and mix in a never-ending attempt to rekindle that first, unforgettable spark of passion.


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