25 of #52FilmsByWomen: Lolo

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Lolo (2015, directed by Julie Delpy, written by Julie Delpy and Eugénie Grandval)

[25 of 52 in #52FilmsByWomen]

Julie Delpy, probably best known for her role as Céline in the Before trilogy(? Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight) is also an establish writer/director. Lolo is one of her more recent films about a Violette (Delpy) trying to get her teenage son and her new boyfriend to get along.

The film’s title Lolo refers to the son’s name (Vincent Lacoste), who is an interesting character in that the movie introduces him as an ideal teenage son that most parents would have wanted – friendly, non-rebellious, (mostly) obedient. He even seems open to accepting Violette’s boyfriend Jean-René (Dany Boon) into their lives.

While Lolo appears to be a perfect son, he is secretly scheming to tear the couple apart. That’s where the comedy comes in. Lolo’s various schemes include stuff like itching powder, making Jean drunk at a party with celebrities, getting him into an awkward arm cast, and other stuff like that makes for the many funny scenes throughout the movie.

This might be a straightforward comedy, but a very entertaining one. The story does try to tell us something about being at 40, you’re at the crossroads of life, instead of nearing the end of it. It of encapsulates the saying ’40 is the new 30, 60 is the new 40′ in a way that really makes sense.

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