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Imogen Poots And Matthew Ross Talk About The Film, "Frank and Lola"
Frank & Lola
He moonlights as a personal chef to the local bourgeois. Lola is fresh out of design school. Lola has…issues. So does Frank. But the jealous rage that we, Frank and Lola see coming is trickier and deeper than it seems. He created a wonderful, expectations-defying character that lured Shannon in. Solid supporting players Long seems miscast, but has a little name recognition followed.
Lola (Imogen Poots) | Frank (Michael Shannon) A young girl, a college student at the time, named Lola meets this chef named Frank. What I loved about this movie the most was Poots and Shannon’s chemistry.
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Frank & Lola
David Ehrlich. It begins in bed, the blinking Las Vegas skyline in the distance. At first, the lovers are naked but apprehensive; by the time the title card appears a few moments later, Frank is roughly holding Lola down as they have sex. Not only is it consensual, it could even be construed as a particularly expressive form of communication between two people who privilege honesty however they can find it. When Frank and Lola meet, each of them are at pivotal points in their lives and trying to pick themselves up from rock bottom. Frank… well, Frank is a Michael Shannon type, albeit one who gets to flex his sex appeal more than most. When Lola tells him that she was raped the previous year, Frank immediately defaults to thoughts of violence.
It's a terrific gambit, as well a welcome break from the preferred method of storytelling in romantic dramas, which is more along the lines of, "Hi, John, how is your brother, who I haven't seen in twelve years, and who betrayed me? They're too cool and vague for the volcanic story they enact. Plot twists pile up, and a light-footed, psycho-sexual character study becomes something like a film noir revenge thriller. Frank goes to Paris, ostensibly to look into a potentially lucrative chef job set up by Lola's mother Rosanna Arquette , overdoing the shallow self-regard and sexual voraciousness; when she tells Frank, "I can't wait to taste your food," I expected her to add a cartoon-y meow. But the job interview is a pretext to confront the would-be patron played by Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist , the owner of the Las Vegas hotel where Frank would serve as head chef. This man raped Lola years ago. She credits him with jump-starting a pattern of self-destructive sexual behavior, which includes an impulsive one-night stand at a hotel with a guy she admits means nothing to her Frank is devastated.