Lola, 18 years old, bleach blonde hair, lives in a foster home with Samir, her only friend. Impulsive and lonely, she is trying to get her diploma as a veterinary assistant. When her mother...
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Lola, 18 years old, bleach blonde hair, lives in a foster home with Samir, her only friend. Impulsive and lonely, she is trying to get her diploma as a veterinary assistant. When her mother passes away, her father Phillip makes sure that Lola will miss the ceremony. Two years before that, Philip was throwing her out of the family home: at the time, Lola was still Lionel - Philippe is determined to fulfill Catherine's last wish: to be dispersed to the North Sea, in the dunes of her childhood home. Lola on the other hand is furious against her father, but she will not leave her mother alone in this last journey. So they take off together, both unwilling to share a car but determined to take Catherine home.
I've never been a big fan of Benoit Magimel but I 've got to make amends : in a thankless part ,he really blew my mind ;so did his partner Mya Bollaers, a transgender in real life ,whose debut in the cinema was stunning ,and who was awarded a prize for most promizing new actress .
Philippe has always born a grudge against his son Lionel ;because,as he got his girlfriend pregnant ,he had to marry her and to give up his studies : thus he never became a physical education teacher and had to content himself with a hardware dealer job .Besides ,Lionel feels he's not the same gender as the gender .He's already begun a medical treatment and is to undergo an operation .
We know from the start that Lionel is to become a trans,but his father doesn't ; he considers his only son a sissy , he despises this effeminate degenerate and he's not the only one; the scene in the pharmacy is revealing : the chemist feels somewhat disgusted at this person who wants to get his hormones prescription fulfilled.And thus the father discovers what he considers a crying shame.The flashbacks about Lionel's childhood with his cousins are not gratuitous :from the start,he was different and the other boys' punching bag.
This is a road movie : the father has to carry out his late wife's wish , that her ashes be scattered at sea ;and Lionel who calls herself Lola now wants to accompany him for her last journey .As it takes place in Belgium ,the lines are now in French ,now in Flemish. On her rocky road ,Lionel/Lola will meet friendly faces : a young black man he's in love with -"I liked boys as a boy and so will I as a girl"-, a lesbian who welcomes father and son in her small hotel ....
But the father is not prepared to accept the situation (the ashes in the gutter ,is it an accident?)
This is a marvelous plea for tolerance ,but it does not leave the viewer helpless or brooding : perhaps ,when they get to the sea,will there be some sunshine breaking through ? One feels that both are longing for affection ,now that mom is gone forever...
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