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Lola Review

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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.