Indie ingénue Greta Gerwig stars as Lola, a New Yorker on the verge of 30 who finds herself abruptly dumped mere weeks before her long-anticipated wedding. Single for the first time in eight years, Lola attempts to rebuild with the help of her friends, sweet and supportive Henry (Hamish Linklater) and no-nonsense chatterbox Alice (co-screenwriter Zoe Lister-Jones), only to find that suddenly navigating the unfriendly waters of dating and relationships makes letting go and moving on much more easily said than done.
Breakout filmmaking duo Lister-Jones and Daryl Wein (of 2009's Breaking Upwards) infuse this post-breakup spiral story with humor and authenticity, as Lola's missteps accrue and her life begins to fray. Demonstrating how even the best intentions can backfire, likeable and quirky Lola is a sympathetic anchor even as she wreaks unintended emotional havoc on her nearest and dearest (including Debra Winger and Bill Pullman as her parents). Ultimately Lola Versus is a film about moving forward, but as anyone who has been through a rough breakup can attest, sometimes moving on means hitting rock bottom first.
CAST & CREDITS
Directed by Daryl Wein, Daryl Wein, and Daryl Wein
Daryl Wein is the director of Breaking Upwards, which he co-wrote and co-produced with his partner, Zoe Lister-Jones. The film was released theatrically by IFC Films in 2010. His feature-length doc Sex Positive won the Grand Jury Prize at L.A. Outfest in 2008, and his 2006 short Unlocked screened at TFF.
Michael London, Janice Williams, Jocelyn Hayes-Simpson
Daryl Wein, Zoe Lister-Jones
Greta Gerwig, Joel Kinnaman, Zoe Lister-Jones, Hamish Linklater, Bill Pullman, Debra Winger