Félix owns a bumper car ride at a fairground. One day, his attention is drawn to a quiet young woman driving around and around all on her own, pas- sively allowing all the other cars to bump and drive into her, pushing her hither and thither. A strange girl, he thinks, who doesn’t even seem to notice the noise and screams and forced gaiety that surround her. She appears to be somewhere else, in a world of her own. He learns that her name is Lola – but that’s all the information he can get out of her.
Before Félix is aware of it, he falls in love with her. It has something to do with the sadness in her eyes, that has such a profound effect upon him. Félix decides to follow her. He longs to understand and help her and would give anything to put back the smile on her lips that suits her so well. But then, Lola slips through his fingers and is gone. She reappears, just as suddenly, only to disappear once more. She turns up once again and yet, somehow, it’s as if she isn’t all there. Something out of the past seems have some strange hold on her.There’s no two ways about it, hers is a past to which Félix will have to surrender him- self entirely. How far can a person go when they are in love? Far enough to kill someone? —Berlinale
French filmmaker Patrice Leconte is as notable for his refusal to be easily categorized as he is for his long and productive career. Since making his major directorial debut in 1975 with Les Vécés Étaient Fermés de L’Intérieur, Leconte has established himself as one of France’s most respected directors, at ease tackling subjects ranging from mental illness to sexuality to canny deconstructions of wit and society. He received particular acclaim for his 1996 film Ridicule, winning the admiration of an international audience while furthering his reputation as one of the French cinema’s most treasured figures.
A native Parisian, Leconte was born on November 12, 1947. He decided to be a filmmaker at a very young age, and went on to attend France’s most prestigious film school, I.D.H.E.C. During his education, constant visits to the Paris Cinémathèque aided in his understanding of cinematography culture. After graduating from I.D.H.E.C. in 1969, Leconte went against the cinematic grain… read more
a mildly enjoyable film with a lot of fluff dialogue. There were quite a few really well shot scenes that showed glimpses of how good the film could be had it been done with a bit more care and attention to detail. It feels a lot like a godard movie, once i saw Lola's character, she immediately reminded me of Anna karina in pierrot le fou, in mannerisms, looks and overall mysterious character. a worth while watch