Carmen & Lola


Contemporary World Cinema | 2018 | 105 minutes

Stranger Says: Arantxa Echevarría’s assured debut revolves around two Roma teens in Madrid. The brassy Carmen, a high-school dropout, can’t wait to get married and become a hairdresser. The solitary Lola, a graffiti artist and closeted lesbian, longs to be a teacher. The women meet while working at their family’s market stalls, lust blooming with the touch of a hand. Soon they’re sneaking out for smoke breaks and passionate kisses. The potential for tragedy comes from their patriarchal community’s inability to accept same-sex romance, but the possibility for triumph lies with their stubbornness and strength. Bonus: The riot of sequins with which their culture celebrates even the most mundane occasions. (KATHY FENNESSY)

SIFF Says: Stunning bride-to-be Carmen and ambitious street artist Lola find themselves in the throes of a secret first love, risking safety, status, and their own future within their highly conservative Roma community.


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Film Credits
Arantxa Echevarría
Zaira Romero, Rosy Rodriguez, Moreno Borja, Rafela León, Carolina Yuste
SIFF 2019