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1,739 Ratings


Directed by Jacques Demy
France, Italy, 1961
Drama, Romance


Set in Nantes over the span of a few days, this is the story of cabaret singer Lola, who’s awaiting the return of a long-lost lover, and unwilling to entertain the adoration of another love-struck soul, the wanderer Roland. Love stories cross paths, teeming with coincidences and missed chances.

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Lola Directed by Jacques Demy
If sex is evoked, particularly in the Lola-Frankie couple and the humorous reference to the Marquis de Sade’s Justine in the bookshop scene, Lola is more interested in romantic love and barely hides a deep pessimism on the topic (hence the frequent use of the term bittersweet in describing the film). Lola is above all a reflection on the fragility of love, expressed through the transient nature of each character’s trajectory—almost everyone is on the move, recently arrived, or about to leave.
July 21, 2014
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The Ophüls question (“Quelle heure est-il?”) is always in the air, along with the tilting, craning and tracking that link and sever feelings. “There’s happiness in simply wanting happiness,” sighs Lola, who’s rewarded with an only-in-the-movies happy ending that barely skirts feyness thanks to Demy’s triste-harlequin understanding that one character’s happiness might be another’s melancholy.
September 25, 2010
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Now, having re-watched this film after some three years, everything that I once found petulant and irritating is now sweetly idealistic and romantic. And Lola, with her wide-eyed exuberance (a far cry from Anouk’s stern scorned wife in 8 ½), is a firefly, lighting up the screen with her charm, always moving, gasping. At times she teeters on the brink of becoming annoying, but Aimee manages to ground the character in a true depth of feeling.
April 14, 2010
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