Anouk Aimee gives her defining performance as Cecile, a cabaret performer and single mother. Taking the stage name Lola, she entrances Roland (Marc Michel), a young drifter. A friend of Lola since childhood, he yearnsfor herto return his affections but she pines for her husband's return. In the present, she disports with an American sailor named Frankie (Alan Scott), who in turn is the object of a young girl's affections. The girl's name, like Lola's, is Cecile (Annie Dupeyroux). Set in Nantes overthe span of a few days, this story of love stories crossing paths, of life teeming with co-incidences and missed chances conveys the spirit of the early French New Wave and the cinema of Max Ophuls, to whom Demy also dedicates the film.
A rather clichéd plot with clichéd characters. The American sailors on the town, the French "hostesses" with hearts of gold, the hapless drifter unlucky in love and work, the errant father returning with cigar and open top car.
It is worth watching for Anouk Aimée, a delightful performance. She has a mobile face which she uses to great effect.