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Lola (2001)

Unrated | | Drama | 26 April 2002 (Canada)
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The story follows a troubled woman and her search for identity. She is given a choice between a return to the dysfunction of the past, or a new life in self assumed identity.

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Carl Bessai

Writer:

Carl Bessai
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sabrina Grdevich ... Lola
Joanna Going ... Sandra
Colm Feore ... Mike
Janet Wright ... Ma Keller
Ian Tracey ... The Passenger
Chris William Martin ... The Driver
Gina Chiarelli ... Boutique Owner
Rachel Hayward ... Woman at Phonebooth
Suleka Mathew ... Coffee Shop Woman
Michael Sunczyk Michael Sunczyk ... Ted
Frida Betrani ... Dancer
Jeff Seymour ... Horny Man
Joe McCoy Joe McCoy ... 1st Old Man in Cafe
Andre Danyliu Andre Danyliu ... 2nd Old Man in Cafe
Glen Gould ... Cafe Owner
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Lola is an eccentric woman in her 30s who lives in a daze of girlish expectations, not knowing what to believe, or what to expect from life, and never clear about where things are heading. Her relationship is in a constant state of confusion, mostly because her husband Mike behaves more like her father than a partner. He is short-tempered and egotistical, with little tolerance for her indecisiveness, so the two coexist in a lavish environment of sterility and tension. Lola's life takes a sudden turn when she saves the life of a mysterious woman. Sandra is everything Lola wants to be: confident, outspoken, in control of her destiny. But the promise of a relationship between the two women is cut short when Sandra's dark past catches up with her. On the run from this fateful encounter, but too scared to return home, Lola goes on the road to fulfill the destiny of a woman she barely knows. As she moves through the landscape toward Sandra's childhood home, she slowly starts to absorb her ... Written by Anonymous

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Running Down A Dream

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Drama

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 2002 (Canada) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$9,686, 18 November 2001

Gross USA:

$101,015
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Underrated Canadian indie explores issues of love, identity and loss
9 January 2005 | by wonderdawgSee all my reviews

Things I Liked About The Movie:

. Sabrina Grdevich as Lola brings an intriguing screen presence to the role of a woman who may only reach her true potential by becoming someone else. It is impossible to determine what an attractive complex woman is thinking at the best of times and when you consider that the title character is going through a profound transition in her life it is no wonder the men she meets on her road to a new self realization look suitably baffled. . I like the way director Carl Bessai contrasts the urban rush of Vancouver traffic with the serene beauty of the British Columbia Interior. It is only when Lola leaves the jangle and confusion of the city and heads out into those windswept wide open spaces that she begins to achieve some sort of clarity. She flashes back to her chance encounter with Sandra (Joanna Going, memorable in a small role). Lola only spent a few hours with her new friend before tragedy struck but the woman made a deep impression on her. Lola is finally able to see her life with insensitive husband Mike (played by the reliably fine Colm Feore)for the emotional dead end that it is. Like Atom Egoyan in "The Sweet Hereafter" Bessai uses landscape to put character and story development into a psychological context. (The rugged mountainous terrain of the Interior is like a Canadian equivalent of John Ford's Monument Valley westerns.) . Like all stubbornly idiosyncratic independent pictures this film moves at its only deliberate unhurried pace with Bessai giving his lead actress lots of room to explore the nuances of her character. Some readers have complained that the film moves along too slowly and nothing much happens along the way. They miss the fact that much of the action here is on an internal level. As a lifelong fan of the female mystique I find Ms. Grdevich's face fascinating to watch as her character sorts through issues of identity, love and loss and finally decides to get a life ... even if it is not her own.


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