Lola vers la mer

Laurent Micheli

Belgium 2019, 90 min.


Spoken language: French

Subtitles: Dutch

Lola and her father travel to the coast to scatter the ashes of Lola’s mother. But Lola used to be Lionel, and her father has not accepted that she’s no longer a boy. Tender road movie by Laurent Micheli (Even Lovers Get the Blues) about discovering what lies behind appearances.

Lola is an 18-year-old transgender girl living in a shelter home with her only friend, Samir. When her mother dies, her father Philippe makes Lola miss the funeral. He is ashamed of her and refuses to accept that Lola is not Lionel anymore. Lola’s sex reassignment operation is scheduled in five weeks. Her mother would secretly pay for it, and now Lola doesn’t have the money.

When Lola steals her mother’s ashes, Philippe steals them back to honour his wife’s wishes to have them scattered in the dunes by the Belgian North Sea. Lola (an impressive debut by Mya Bollaers) has vowed not to leave her mother, and together father and daughter drive towards the coast. With the urn and their troubled past between them, they have to come to grips with their grief and their feelings for each other.



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Lola vers la mer: screening + Q&A

Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 21:00

18-year-old Lola is young and trans: she learns at an early age that, that reality will even cost her the unconditional love of a parent, her father. Everything changes when her mother dies and they have to find a common ground to fulfill her mother's