Lola (1961)

Jacques Demy's auspicious debut -- "a musical without music" set in the port city of Nantes -- stars Anouk Aimée as the title character, a cabaret singer awaiting the return of Michel (Jacques Hardin), her long-absent lover… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 1, 1961
DVD Release Date: December 9, 2003
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Variety Staff

It is offbeat, with shafts of tender feeling and truth. But trying to touch on too many subjects makes the film uneven.

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Fernando F. Croce

The Ophüls question ("Quelle heure est-il?") is always in the air, along with the tilting, craning and tracking that link and sever feelings.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

There is something gentle and elusive going on here, and you should catch the movie at long last even if you've seen it before.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Intuited rather than explained & felt rather than understood.

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A.H. Weiler
New York Times

If Lola is not a masterwork, its general polish and intent augur a bright future for the 31-year-old Mr. Demy.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Jacques Demy's first and in some ways best feature, shot in exquisite black-and-white 'Scope by Raoul Coutard, is among the most neglected major works of the French New Wave.

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Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Ken Stachnik
Beautiful and Boring
Eric Broome
Not the femme-fatale tale which I expected, "Lola" is a slice of life about a well-meaning cabaret dancer (Anouk Aimee) torn between three men: a… More
Stefanie C
beautifully shot. the plot had so much potential for intertwining of stories (such as parralels for the ceciles, the blond sailors, etc), but these didn't… More
Robert Brogan
Lola has the characteristics of French New Wave films that I enjoy -- charm, grace, pensiveness, humor. It does not have them in spades like some of the… More
Jennifer Xu
Good breakthrough movie by Jacques Demy. Came across a little uneven and the so-called "reality" was punctuated by a series of coincidences, but I can… More