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Lola (1961)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 14 October 1962 (USA)
A bored young man meets with his former girlfriend, now a cabaret dancer and single mother, and soon finds himself falling back in love with her.

Director:

Jacques Demy

Writer:

Jacques Demy

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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anouk Aimée ... Lola / Cécile
Marc Michel ... Roland Cassard
Jacques Harden Jacques Harden ... Michel
Alan Scott Alan Scott ... Frankie
Elina Labourdette ... Madame Desnoyers
Margo Lion ... Jeanne, Michel's Mother
Annie Duperoux Annie Duperoux ... Cécile Desnoyers (as Annie Dupéroux)
Catherine Lutz Catherine Lutz ... Claire, the bar owner
Corinne Marchand ... Daisy
Yvette Anziani Yvette Anziani ... Madame Frédérique
Dorothée Blanck Dorothée Blanck ... Dolly (as Dorothée Blank)
Isabelle Lunghini Isabelle Lunghini ... Nelly
Annick Noël Annick Noël ... Ellen
Ginette Valton Ginette Valton ... Hair Stylist's Mistress
Anne Zamire Anne Zamire ... Maggie
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Storyline

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's still in love with her, but she doesn't return his feelings. He 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. Roland sees no future if he stays in France. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

14 October 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Лола See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Rome Paris Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Connections

Featured in Jacquot de Nantes (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Concerto pour flûte en ré majeur
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as Mozart)
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6 October 2003 | by Daniel KarlssonSee all my reviews

The modern mainstream movie-goer will probably react negatively toward this wonderful little film, an early Demy masterpiece. Meetings and love, what I like most in life in this moment, are the most wonderful aspects of human life. It takes longer for some people to realize this. Maybe if they fall in love they will understand what surely brings happiness, and it is not about things or stuff. Simple meetings between people. Human interaction. I miss nothing in this film, it has the elements I want from a movie. The score is wonderful; Mozart, Legrande (who uses the same tune in Parapluies de Cherbourg) and especially Beethoven's 7th symphony that is well fit in the finale. Maybe what I like so much about movies is the combination of photo and music. And the photo by Raoul Coutard (my favorite cinematographer) is amazing. The beautiful and detailed outdoor scenes, the light, the compositions.

The little affair between the American sailor and the 14-year old French girl would probably be classed as soft pedophilia today, btw.

5/5


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