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Lola (1961)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  14 October 1962 (USA)
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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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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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7 December 2004 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

This director is ROMANTIC! I think he rightly shows the astonishing contrast between love being generated by complete chance and fleeting encounter - with its lasting consequence and possibly enduring devotion. I just loved it.

One of the things that is so winning about this movie (also true of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) is how very modest the characters -- and the movie - are.

The characters are sincere - if they lie, they apologize later - and unafraid to say when they are greatly moved -- and when they aren't.

I think both movies wonderfully portray mother - daughter relationships

  • and both are quite sympathetic to men as well as women.




How often do you see movies that show the truth of men's emotions wracked by romantic feelings (rather than solely lust) - sometimes returned and sometimes not? Very seldom.

In some ways, I prefer Lola to Umbrellas because the plot is more ingenious, the vividly drawn characters more numerous - so there is more to engross one. (On the other hand, by concentrating on just the love for one woman, Umbrellas creates an agony in the viewer that is more powerful than any feeling in Lola).

Just see it - and you'll see many disparate pieces pull together in a wonderfully satisfying, utterly charming, wonderful romantic tale.

Lola and Umbrellas make me anxious to see the Young Girls of Rochefort.


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