After answering an ad on a dating website for Eastern European women, Olla leaves Ukraine and heads to French suburbia to move in with Pierre, who lives with his elderly mother. However, the suburbia cannot temper her desires, and nothing goes as expected.
We’re thrilled to see French actress Ariane Labed (Attenberg, The Lobster) jump behind the camera, and her directing debut is nothing short of explosive! Premiering in Cannes last year, this 27-minute gem subverts ideas of femalehood and immigration with style, humor, and insight to spare.
Labed’s directorial debut retains none of the stylistic dread and violence that marks her acting oeuvre and its subject matter takes to task how women are compelled or coerced into certain roles, a theme Labed embeds into a richly illustrated mise en scène.
Labed is married to Yorgos Lanthimos and is a regular in his films, so it’s not surprising their work shares affinities, but Olla is a good deal sharper and more rewarding than anything Lanthimos has done in a while.