Monella (film)

Monella (titled Frivolous Lola in the UK) is a 1998 Italian comedy-erotic film directed by Tinto Brass.

Theatrical release poster
Directed byTinto Brass
Produced byGiovanni Bertolucci
Written by
Story by
  • Tinto Brass
  • Carla Cipriani
Music byPino Donaggio
CinematographyMassimo Di Venanzo
Edited byTinto Brass
Release date
  • 26 June 1998 (1998-06-26)
Running time
105 minutes


Lola (Anna Ammirati) is the teenage daughter of widow Zaira (Serena Grandi) living in a small Po Valley town (filming location is the comune of Pomponesco and Dosolo)[1] in the 1950s. She is engaged to young Masetto (Max Parodi credited as Mario Parodi), who firmly believes in girls' virginity before marriage. They are soon to get married, but she is very much intrigued by sex, and further provoked by the antics of her libertine stepfather André (Patrick Mower), but Lola's approaches to Masetto for premarital sex jeopardise her relationship with him.


The story takes place in northern Italy in the 1950s. Lola and Masetto are about to get married. Masetto wants to keep Lola as a virgin until they are married, but Lola is unwilling to remain in chastity until the wedding night, as she wants to be sure that Masetto is a good lover, before she commits herself to marriage. She does everything she can to trick Masetto into breaking the moral tradition.



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