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Following up on his gritty Dogma-certified look at street life in Toronto in Johnny, Carl Bessai shifts gears to detail the suburb ennui in Vancouver. Lola (Sabrina Grdevich) spends much of her days on her therapist's couch, blankly wandering the malls and running the odd errand for her hard-driving husband Mike (Colm Feore). Their marriage has stagnated for so long that they can barely imagine another way of living together. One night after an ugly fight, Lola heads into the night. She runs into a hooker named Sandra (Joanna Going), who is fleeing a loan shark and who is heading home for… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It is offbeat, with shafts of tender feeling and truth. But trying to touch on too many subjects makes the film uneven."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Aimée is reason enough to catch this import."
‑ Glenn Lovell, San Jose Mercury News
"Demy's 1961 bittersweet musical reverie starring Anouk Aimee is one of the most brilliant works of the French New Wave."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Before he gained renown with The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Demy made his feature debut with a prequel of sorts, which was his elegant homage to the films of Max Ophuls."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
"Unfashionable today but clever and captivating in its startling monochrome imagery."
‑ , Film4
"Very beautifully shot, in widescreen and luminous black-and-white, it is also formally astonishing, with all the minor characters serving as variations on the central couple."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"An ode to yearning and enchantment -- a valentine to France, to beautiful women, to the foolish but delicious notions of romance that we receive from Hollywood."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"The Ophüls question ("Quelle heure est-il?") is always in the air, along with the tilting, craning and tracking that link and sever feelings"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Jacques Demy's 1961 classic Lola is a breathtaking reminder of what magic in the movies used to mean. It's pure enchantment."
‑ Jake Euker,
"An early Demy prize, lighting the way to his masterpiece The Young Girls of Rochefort."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"If Lola is not a masterwork, its general polish and intent augur a bright future for the 31-year-old Mr. Demy."
‑ A.H. Weiler, New York Times
"A delightfully melancholy romance of coincidence, starring European film's epitome of sophisticated sexuality."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"Intuited rather than explained & felt rather than understood."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Pleasantly conceived romantic roundelay."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Has a springy, musical quality to it."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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