Lola vers la Mer (Lola)
Drama | France, Belgium | 2019 | 94 min | French (English Subtitles) For 16 years of age and older
By Laurent Micheli
With: Mya Bollaers, Benoît Magimel, Els Deceukelier, Sami Outalbali, Jérémie Zagba, Delphine Bibet, Adriana de Fonseca, Anémone Valcke, Anne-Marie Loop, Thao Maerten, Mathias Sercu, Robbie Cleiren
Just when Lola, 18 years old and transgender, learns that she can finally have surgery, her mother, who is her only financial support, passes away. Abiding by her mother’s last wishes, Lola and her father, who are permanently in conflict and have not seen each other for two years, undertake a journey all the way to the Belgian coast. They realize the outcome of the journey may not be the one they were both expecting...
One of the film’s strengths lies in the way it shows Lola’s interrogations, her anger and her wild energy, of course, but also the wounds of the father, as he is faced with the failure of his family life and with his inability to be a good dad. (…) Lola is played on screen by Mya Bollaers, a young trans actress in her first role who brings all her energy and determination to her performance, especially as she acts opposite the always impressive Benoît Magimel.
Lola vers la mer is more than a transgender film, it is a heartbreaking drama about the conflictual relationship between a father and his child.
– L’Express (translated from French)
In an inspired staging, Laurent Micheli's feature film exposes the complex phenomenon of transidentity with as much sensitivity for the point of view of the person concerned as for his entourage – in this case a father in the refusal and a mother in acceptance.
Three good reasons for liking Lola vers la mer: Lola is a universal heroine; the movie makes a strong political statement; Benoît Magimel’s acting is riveting.
– Moustique (translated from French)
Most promising actress (Mya Bollaers)
Best set design – Magritte Awards (Brussels, 2020)
Best actress (Mya Bollaers), Best actor (Benoît Magimel) – Festival du cinéma et musique de films de La Baule (France, 2019)
Cinévox Award – Namur International Francophone Film Festival (Belgium, 2019)
Angoulême Francophone Film Festival 2019 (France, 2019)
Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (2020)
Helvetia French Film Festival (Switzerland, 2020)
Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris (2020)
Rome Film Fest (2019)
Helsinki Film Festival (Finland, 2020)
Haifa International Film Festival (Israel, 2020)