Review by Justin Waldman for Mr. Will Wong
Julie Deply consistently has been force on-screen and behind the scenes, and on her newest outing Lolo, she proves once again magnificence. The Movie focuses on the dynamic of a struggling workaholic and her attention-seeking, manipulative son. With some truly hysterical and genuinely affecting moments as well, Lolo certainly will lift you up.
Violette (Julie Delpy) is on a spa retreat with her friend, Ariane (Karen Viard) who convinces her to finally put herself onto the dating field and talk to an awkwardly-cute man at the retreat, Jean-René (Dany Boon). Their relationship blossoms and turns from a one night fling to a steady relationship, well until Violette brings Jean-René home only to find out that her son Lolo (Vincent Lacoste) is there too, out to do everything and anything in his power to break them apart.
Lolo works so incredibly well because of the dynamics between the characters as well as the mischievous ways we witness Lolo try to sabotage his mother’s relationship. While crude, there is an undeniable charm here which keeps us invested. As well, the performances from the ensemble are extraordinary – this definitely exceeded this Reviewer’s expectations.
LOLO premieres TIFF ’15 on Friday, September 18th at 6:30 pm at Roy Thomson Hall, with a second screening on Saturday, September 19th at 12:30 pm at Isabel Bader Theatre and a third screening on Sunday, September 20th at 9:15 am at Scotiabank Theatre 2.