18A, nudity, violence, sexual content.
Dir: Janicza Bravo, USA, 2020, 90 min.
Taylour Paige, Riley Keough, Nicholas Braun, Colman Domingo.
”Zola feels refreshingly unique. It’s not just the way Bravo uses modern internet language to enhance the storytelling – for example, tweet sounds punctuate lines like rim shots – but the totally engaged performances she draws from her cast, especially a fearless Riley Keough, who delivers another all-in performance that should take her to another level. Keough plays Stefani, who Zola meets at a restaurant at which she’s working and the two become instant friends. Although, we know that’s gonna end thanks to the instantly engaging first line of the film, ’Y’all wanna hear a story… It’s kind of long but full of suspense.’ Zola ain’t lying about that. What unfolds is a hysterical and thrilling story of a road trip to Florida, on which the two ladies are accompanied by Stefani’s boyfriend and ’roommate’ (Colman Domingo)… The journey is undeniably worth the unforgettable ride here… It’s a major new film, one of the best of Sundance 2020 and a movie that is going to light the arthouse movie scene on fire when it gets released.” – Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com