Spending his days aimless and bored in the cafés of Nantes, Roland finds his joie de vivre when he sees again and falls for Lola, a sexy carberet dancer. She spends her days pining for the father of her young son, who left her when she was pregant.
Demy's first feature is a haunting, bitter-sweet love story set in the coastal town of Nantes. A tribute to director Max Ophüls, it centres around the intertwining lives of the town's inhabitants, principally Roland (Michel), an out-of-work dreamer who whiles his time away discussing life with the local café owners, and fragile, childlike nightclub dancer Lola (Aimee) all legs and eyeliner who dreams and waits for the return of the lover who deserted her when she became pregnant. Both leads are, in fact, classic New Wave stars he thinks too much, she wears too much makeup although Demy's style is far less self-consciously modern than, say, Godard, and therefore much easier on the eye.
A captivating and beautifully shot love story.