This is a film for anyone who's ever been in an unhealthy relationship. The two central performances are wonderfully uncomfortable to watch but I don't think Ross pushed hard enough with the underworld sex-club stuff especially compared to something like Gaspar's LOVE. It's also let down by a bland cinematic look. 3.5 stars
Michael Shannon and Imogen Poots give some great performances in this peculiar romantic drama. It's an odd sort sequence of events that characterize the distrustful relationship between Frank and Lola--odd enough to render the characters' actions unbelievable. Despite that, it was still a relatively suspenseful hour and a half.
This was extremely weird...but I really liked it. The synopsis says this is a "psychosexual noir love story" and that is in fact a great way of describing the very strange feel and tone of the film. Michael Shannon is absolutely magnetic and carries the whole thing from beginning to end.
On the surface, Frank and Lola may not look like a total mess. The performances are electric. The cinematography is glossy yet empty. It has good ideas but what starts off as a story about an older man dating a younger woman, turns into an international mystery. It's as though Ross thought he could make an interestIng movie by just adding elements. Movies can be bad. Just don't be bland.