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Tom et Lola (1990)

Their immune systems tragically damaged at birth, TOM AND LOLA are two beautiful children forever isolated in plastic bubbles. But neither cold urethane nor chillier hospital technicians ... See full summary »


Bertrand Arthuys


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Complete credited cast:
Cécile Magnet Cécile Magnet ... Hélène
Marc Berman Marc Berman ... Le professeur Vaneau
Catherine Frot ... Catherine, la mère de Tom
Celian Varini Celian Varini ... Robert
Neil Stubbs Neil Stubbs ... Tom
Mélodie Collin Mélodie Collin ... Lola Vaillant
Sophie Arthuys Sophie Arthuys
Olivier Belmont Olivier Belmont
Nadia Chapuis Nadia Chapuis
Edouard Dequesne Edouard Dequesne
Nicolas Haure Nicolas Haure
Quiterie Lejosne Quiterie Lejosne
Junior John Levis Junior John Levis
Gwenaelle Quelme Gwenaelle Quelme
Janine Souchon Janine Souchon ... Josyane


Their immune systems tragically damaged at birth, TOM AND LOLA are two beautiful children forever isolated in plastic bubbles. But neither cold urethane nor chillier hospital technicians can keep down the beguiling spirit of these indomitable siblings. Nor can anything stop their quest to one day run naked and truly free, unbound from the medical shackles that bind them. Magnifique! Written by Jim Stark

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17 January 1990 (France) See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Late in the film when the pair are traveling, they come upon a group of siblings who are all completely naked in their own home. Despite claims to the contrary, this is perfectly normal for European preteens. See more »


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A rare object of cinematic art.
6 December 2005 | by shneurSee all my reviews

This is a beautiful French Surrealist film about what makes us human and what makes life worth living. The two main characters are a boy and girl of about 10 who, due to some indeterminate immune deficiency, have lived their entire lives in plastic bubbles, isolated from the natural world and their own natural developmental influences. Nevertheless, their humanity blossoms even without nurturance, within themselves and toward each other -- yearning, stretching, reaching until it can no longer be contained by even the most constricting and ugly environment. The children are intentionally semi-allegorical: naked, their hairless bodies and shaven heads hide nothing. They are elemental, undecorated and unadulterated human beings, and when they touch each other the contact is so primal that we all shiver. This film is a masterpiece of direction (Bertrand Arthuys) and cinematography (Francois Catonne), and the children were superb. I was sad to see that neither of them continued to act in film. As for the twists and turns of the plot, and a rather unexpected (to me) ending, I shall say no more, except that you will find nothing disappointing here, from the first scene to the last.

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