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Lola

Lola

1961
Romance
Drama
1h 30m
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... (imdb)
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Lola

1961
Romance
Drama
1h 30m
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Rated 14 Jan 2012
91
98th
Demy's debut masterpiece, and clear precursor to THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG, wonderfully combines the best kind of romance, that of the whole world, of life, with the best kind of realism, the realism of human beings struggling for the best and always susceptible to succumbing to their own weakness, their fatigue or their laziness. Demy's love of men and women, of the camera, of music, make him possibly the director with the greatest feeling for beauty, in every aspect of life and cinema.
Rated 22 Apr 2009
8
82nd
An early Demy gem, it's a shame more people don't know who this guy is. This is beautifully shot by one of my favorite cinematographers, Coutard, and the B&W really goes with what is going on in the film. I didn't really identify with the protagonist but it didn't matter, this film had a lot going for it.
Rated 08 Dec 2007
84
77th
A beautiful film that does a wonderful job of interconnecting its characters to tell some stories about love. The contrast between the stories is what makes this work, as you see various types of love gained and lost, in different circumstances and without a clean cut ending. A little more depth to the relationships wouldn't have hurt, but it works very well as is.
Rated 24 Sep 2011
80
91st
I generally don't care for slo-mo, but Lola contains what I think is easily the best use of the technique on film. I pretty much fell for the film after that sequence. The cinematography is beautiful and the interconnectedness doesn't seem too gimmicky.
Rated 18 Jan 2011
89
90th
A Demy classic. You can clearly see his trademarks. The interconnections between characters reminds me of Demoiselles. The music by Legrand bares much assemblance to Parapluies. But still this is very much its own. It doesn't go for a sad or a happy ending, but rely on its own terms. HIghly recommendable for Demy or New Wave fans.
Rated 24 Oct 2016
4
74th
A gentle introduction to Demy's small and self-contained world of near-fatalistic coincidence. I love this film's evocation of slow dreary days. Its interconnected circles of affection, requited or otherwise, are wistful but not lacking a sense of humor.
Rated 22 Apr 2007
89
92nd
Lovely. The film has an intriguing new wave-iness about it, I believe in great part of cinematographer Coutard (who worked on many of the landmark movies by Godard and Truffaut). You never quite know where the story is going to go next. The fact that it was originally supposed to be a musical, and the heavy interconnectedness of the characters, makes this a precursor to Rochefort, although I actually prefer Lola. Funny, sad, gentle and real. The fair scene in particular is magnificent.
Rated 02 Feb 2022
80
68th
Jacques Demy's directorial debut feels like a musical without any nondiegetic songs. It's dedicated to Max Ophüls, which feels appropriate. The film's kind of a giant elegant circle of human connections.
Rated 18 Sep 2015
84
75th
This was a real delight that peaked with the touching slow motion scene at the fair, and that ended on an impressive, and somewhat surprising note. Demy's camera is in constant motion here, a fitting tribute to Ophuls--even if Demy's shots don't consistently carry the density one finds in Ophuls. The film is filled with unequal or unrequited relationships, which only serves to highlight the beauty of two people successfully coming together in love.
Rated 05 Dec 2016
70
65th
A very sweet movie that maybe didn't hit me as hard as it did others. But it's positives are plentiful and obvious. A small delight.
Rated 13 Jan 2022
88
84th
The third act of this film was so impactful in its elegance and simplicity that it has had lingering effects for a week now. I should have watched this before first seeing Umbrellas of Cherbourg.
Rated 17 Oct 2014
85
59th
Cool French style in unique black-and-white, with a stunning slow-motion sequence and a wonderful musical sequence; so pretty much your typical, great French New Wave film.
Rated 07 Jan 2024
80
70th
Flawless film with a compelling story.
Rated 01 Mar 2008
83
72nd
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Rated 11 Feb 2018
50
17th
There's a lot I liked about this stylish flick; and a lot I didn't, particularly the way it tries to normalize fornication. Had a notable soundtrack.
Rated 21 Nov 2011
80
80th
A charming, poetic mix of naturalism and movie fantasy thanks to Coutard's fluid (almost non-stop) camera akin to Max Ophuls, the jazzy score by Michel Legrand, and Demy's laid back direction.
Rated 22 Mar 2013
80
68th
A love pentagon? The film was lit quite strangely with almost every inside daytime scene having absurd amounts of daylight coming through the windows - they looked completely white at times! At times it looks quite fetching, at times absolutely beautiful, though I must confess that by the end of the film I was starting to tire of it a bit. The whole last half hour is great including a breathtaking bit of slow motion and a really good ending.
Rated 19 Dec 2008
79
58th
411
Rated 01 Mar 2016
17
93rd
Star Rating: ★★★★1/2
Rated 30 Apr 2013
76
86th
Reflects. (the first love constantly reflected in the facets of space-time. couple mother daughter. (The mother-daughter couple could be what Lola was before and what would be after)... potagonists, replicas, desires... everything is reflect
Rated 04 Mar 2022
85
92nd
Beautiful collection of characters so close of finding true happiness -- they arrive seconds later, miss the encounter of their lives by some inches. It's 15 yrs or so after WWII and everyone seems lost, bored, melancholic, desperate to leave Nantes. Roland meets Cecile again, his childhood love, but she still loves Michel, father of her son who left yrs ago. A teen Cecile falls for 'old' Cecile's steady client, an American sailor. Nothing happens, until everything does. You wait or leave.
Rated 08 Dec 2019
60
35th
Not as song-and-dance-filled as the other Demy movies I've seen (not necessarily a bad thing). I loved the interconnectedness of this world, even when it started to border on silly. A lot of nice bits for film school wonks, and a simple story for everyone else.
Rated 13 Nov 2022
70
21st
A film about the search for happiness and love. The characters share the same heartbreak but never meet each other which made it a good story but it was predictable at the end.
Rated 31 Dec 2020
86
91st
Michel.. My god, this story makes Umbrellas even more brillant.
Rated 22 May 2009
20
29th
We've been over my dislike of interconnections before. We've been over my dislike of Demy's actual camera work as well. Without his colors or his muse the film ends up feeling like some odd amalgam of early hollywood and the new wave and it fails. The camera never stops moving for a second in the entire film.
Rated 27 Feb 2015
5
70th
no colour or singing, but a complex network of unfulfilled romance. the way in which the coincidences piled up toward the end was great, almost fatalistic. nothing remarkable, but quite delightful.
Rated 07 Feb 2020
83
73rd
O que sinto com Demy é que em toda sua filmografia só constam filmes excelentes, mas nunca fui capaz de taxar qualquer um deles como obra-prima, mesmo os seus tão falados musicais coloridos dos anos 60, aqui no seu primeiro filme não é diferente, nós vemos que estamos diante de um cineasta que tem total domínio do seu ofício mesmo em seu primeiro longa e que sabe se cercar de gente talentosa (Aimée, Coutard, Legrand, Cotret), mas não me convence ao todo. Box Obras-primas do Cinema Demy
Rated 27 Jul 2014
70
51st
A New Wave romance that works no small amount of magic with meager resources.
Rated 25 Oct 2021
78
63rd
Beautifully filmed and portrays an array of emotions through the characters and their relationships. Would have appreciated less meandering, as one grows out of the new wave
Rated 09 Jan 2015
67
66th
Much more quintessentially Nouvelle Vague than Demy's later musicals (thanks at least in part to Raoul Coutard's cinematography), yet by comparison also less distinctive. Which is to say, he's far less intellectually rigorous than Godard, less probing and insightful than Rohmer, and slightly less infectious than Truffaut at his best (mostly via Leaud). Even here Demy can't quite suppress his musical instincts, which may explain why his sense of drama is so innately fluffy (albeit endearing).
Rated 31 Dec 2007
65
65th
I'm not crazy about the French New Wave, it's usually too self-conscious, distant and formal, but relatively speaking Lola is one of the nicer examples of it. It's smart and cute and not too full of itself. Still, as with other French films of that era, I had some trouble connecting with or caring about the characters. The stone-faced Marc Michel's typically heartless acting does not compare well to that of warm-blooded quadragenerian Elina Labourdette, even in her minor role.
Rated 14 Jan 2010
78
56th
434
Rated 06 Jul 2022
72
48th
Charming and likeable story of a series of unlikely coincidences built around a love triangle (or pentagon, I guess--there are five?) with a strong performance by Anouk Aimee. This is kind of a New Wave movie for people who are not completely sold on New Wave movies. It doesn't feel full of itself. It didn't blow me away or anything, but I liked it quite a bit and look forward to seeing more Demys in the future.
Rated 30 Nov 2011
77
54th
#453
Rated 26 Aug 2011
6
48th
Meh

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