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Awesome: 6.67%
Worth A Look: 6.67%
Pretty Bad: 40%
Total Crap: 0%

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by Chris Parry

"Fine acting. Average script. And about an hour too long."
2 stars

I don’t know why filmmakers find it so hard to deal with the most fundamental rule in filmmaking – we as an audience need to be able to relate to someone in a film or we’ll have real trouble getting into it. In Lola, we’ve got three options to relate to. 1) We can relate to Lola (Sabrina Grdevich), a woman as ditzy as any you’ll see on the big screen, totally without forethought or street smarts or responsibility or self esteem. 2) We can relate to Lola’s man (Colm Feore), a loudmouthed bastard who only thinks about himself. 3) We can relate to the woman Lola meets in the street (Joanna Going), who has more secrets than the CIA and seems incapable of holding a thought for longer than 4 seconds. What a buffet of shit-bags these people are!

The funny thing is that each of these people is completely interchangeable. You could take the description of any one of them and apply it to another and the description would still be apt. These three are assholes of the highest order and nigh indistinguishable from one another. What this would lead the viewer to think is that the writer/director, Carl Bessai, is a similar kind of asshole, incapable of portraying any other kind of character but those that are as ass-holy as he.

So Lola is a twonk who continually pisses off her admittedly impatient boyfriend. When he finally loses it with her, she runs off and hooks up with a hooker in a blonde wig. When hooker in blonde wig runs away from her problems, Lola gets wrapped up in a back alley situation that sees her punched in the head. When she comes to, she flees, boards a train, makes out with some plumber, gets off the train in a country town, hitchhikes, meets some dude, talks, and then makes us understand that a Government-funded film industry can totally miss the point…

This film is the sort of ‘let’s spend some money by filling time with slow crap’ flick where a car will pull into a gas station, the driver and passenger will get out, the driver will fill up the gas tank, the passenger will go to the can and we’ll sit and watch the ENTIRE thing. No cuts, no speeding things up, we just watch a character walk away, across a gas station, into the bathroom. Then she looks in the mirror for a while, then she comes back. WHY AM I WATCHING THIS?!

Mostly because the writer has nothing to say. I mean, show them get out of the car, show her in the bathroom, show her coming back out. Bam, bam, bam; three-minute sequence becomes a twelve second scene. So why didn’t Carl Bessai shoot things that way in this film? Because he has NOTHING TO SAY.

Of course, whenever a director has nothing to say, you can guarantee that the characters in his film will be the most verbose motherfuckers this side of Tuktyuktuk and those in Lola are no exception. Only they don’t say anything. They don’t seem to have point or purpose. They drift into conversation, drift to the bathroom, drift out of town, drift into the sack. They’ll tell their life story to anyone who’ll listen but then they’ll go through six minutes of staring, then two minutes of flashbacks, then another few minutes of staring.

Though Joanna Going does show her boobs, which is nice.

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User Comments

10/10/13 William Saugus Charming, sympathetic and totally genuine. Great film 4 stars
9/03/08 Jeffery Michael S. Grdevich protrays Lola well. Rare insight into the openess. N. Am.survivor. 5 stars
11/07/04 Brenda Marion it was quite enjoyable, I came by the movie by chance, and am glad I saw it! 3 stars
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  08-Sep-2001 (NR)


  02-Feb-2002 (PG)

Directed by
  Carl Bessai

Written by
  Carl Bessai

  Sabrina Grdevich
  Joanna Going
  Colm Feore
  Janet Wright
  Ian Tracey
  Chris William Martin

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