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Lola and the Sea

Lola Vers La Mer

Laurent Micheli | 2019 | 90 MINS
France | Subtitles
International Panorama: France

This is a film about parenting and the barriers that can be erected between parent and child as a transgender daughter and her father clash during a redemptive journey.

In Detail

At 18, the high-spirited Lola (played with spitting fury by the wonderful young transgender performer, Mya Bollaers) lives in a foster home with her best friend Sami and is waiting on reassignment surgery.

The news of her mother Catherine’s death brings Lola home to her transphobic father, Phillipe. Together, and with great reluctance, the warring father and daughter embark on a stormy road trip toward a beach house by the North Sea, where the family spent fractious holidays and where they hope to scatter Catherine’s ashes.

The tension between the two feels so real and believable that you’d be forgiven for thinking they were actually daughter and father.

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With support of the BFI Film Audience Network, awarding funds from the National Lottery in order to bring this project to more audiences across the UK.