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the characters of the story move like a tango
on 12 August 2010
Lola is a beautiful French film that has a level of sophistication that one rarely sees in cinema. This story falls into the categories of drama and romance, but it has a magical quantity to it that truly makes it special. Its magic is sure to charm you.
The movie revolves around a cabaret dancer named Cecile, who is better known by her stage name Lola. A couple of guys express some interest in her, but they are not quite what she is looking for. An American sailor named Frankie enjoys spending time with her, but he is very casual about their relationship. Lola also happens to bump into her childhood friend named Roland. They knew each other before the war (WWII) and he is more than a little eager to be with her. Finding out which way her heart will go is all part of the fun (and there is more to the story than just this). Both Roland and Frankie meet a young girl and her mother. There are some parallels between Lola and the young girl. The symmetry between them is unmistakable.
At first glance it may seem that the story is a bit chaotic, as there is so much going on. But at the story progresses, one sees that the characters of the story move like a tango. With the departure of one, sees the arrival of another. Nearly every detail and character is important to the story.
Lola is Jacques Demy's first feature film. Although there are about two-dozen films called "Lola," this 1961 classic is original and unforgettable. It is a delightful film that is sure to appeal to those who enjoy world cinema.