in about 100 words or less
Italy/France 90m, B&W
Director: Jacques Demy; Cast: Anouk Aimée, Marc Michel, Jacques Harden, Alan Scott, Elina Labourdette, Margo Lion, Annie Duperoux
Inspired by Der Blaue Engel (1930), Lola is a bittersweet love story in which we learn that it is easier to fall in love than to have one’s love returned. At the heart of the story is Lola, a cabaret dancer loved by an American sailor named Frankie who reminds her of Michel, the estranged father of her son. Roland, a bored would-be jewel smuggler and childhood friend also declares his love for her, while Madame Desnoyer, a lonely widow pursues Roland after a chance meeting at a local bookshop. Finally, there is Cecile, M. Desnoyer’s fourteen year old daughter, who is befriended by Frankie in an innocent relationship which mirrors Lola’s first encounter with Michel. With the circle complete, all that is required is Michel’s return to set everything in motion (Klaus Ming January 2015).