Review - Lola and Her Brothers

Lola (Ludivine Sagnier) is the younger sister of Benoit (Jean-Paul Rouve, who also directed) and Pierre (José Garcia). Despite her younger age, she acts as the mother to the orphaned trio due to their differing levels of immaturity. This movie follows roughly a year of their lives, with Lola getting into a relationship with a man whose divorce she handled, Benoit who’s on his third marriage and facing the prospects of fatherhood, and Pierre who lost his job due to an accident.
This is a really lowkey but hilarious comedy about the difficulties of balancing familial relationships. It’s got a great sense of sincerity that cuts away from the maudlin nature of most family-related stories of its kind. Yet it does make you really root for these characters, who are all really likeable and yet aggravating in their own way. They’re extremely well-rounded.
It’s stellar comic timing and disarming lines really sell the jokes, making its absolute hilarity feel effortless. It’s got a punchy and relatable script by Rouve and screenwriter/author David Foenkinos. It knows when to sell a joke and reel people in with sincere emotion and heart. Really charming comedy about the irritations of family, if not the importance.

Written in March 2019, by Daniel Kiniry


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