French Title: LOL (Laughing Out Loud)
Genre: Fiction / Comedy
Director: Lisa Azuelos
Cast: Sophie Marceau and Christa Theret, Françoise Fabian, Jocelyn Quivrin, Alexandre Astier. Sophie Marceau was a Guest at our 2009 festival and Christa Theret also attended, in 2013, when she starred in Renoir.
Run Time: 1 h 47 min
Country: France
Release: 2009 in the US

Aptly named comedy presented at Focus on French Cinema in 2009


LOL? It means “laughing out loud” in text language. It is also the name that Lola’s friends have given her. However, when it is time to go back to school after summer break, Lola doesn’t feel much like laughing. Arthur, her boyfriend, provokes her by telling her that he cheated on her over the summer. And her gang of pals is very gifted at complicating matters. Just like her mother, Anne, with whom life has become impossible, and not only because she has no idea what LOL means. That her parents have divorced is one thing, but that Anne treats her teenage daughter like a child, by lying to her about basic things – like the fact that she is still seeing her ex-partner on the sly, or that a cop is interested in her – is another. As for Anne, she wonders what on earth has happened to her sweet little daughter. From fusion to confusion, mother-daughter relationships simmer with love and plenty of LOL.