Lola is a jetsetting business consultant who excels at the aggressive tactics and nonstop work her job requires. She travels back and forth from Vienna, where her tasteful apartment serves more as mailbox and laundromat than home, to the headquarters of the latest corporation she’s restructuring. Her routine is one of late nights at the office, fancy client dinners and brief nights of sleep in sterile hotel rooms. Approaching 30, Lola is beautiful, works out, and her career seems on a fast track to success. Lola manages her personal life with the same ruthless efficiency she uses to optimize profit margins. She keeps her relationship with her boss Elise secret, as well as the existence of her older sister Conny, who has a long history of mental illness. But when she receives the news that Conny has attempted suicide, Lola’s secrets threaten to explode into the open. As she tries to do what’s best for her sister without jeopardizing all she’s worked so hard for, Lola slowly finds her own grip on reality slipping away.
The social and professional pressure ruling Lola’s existence seems tolerable, even pleasant, as long as she is alone. When the ghosts of other people begin to appear, it seems intolerable for her to let them enter her life. Because letting them in would mean taking off her mask, showing her weak and human side in a highly competitive and fierce environment. Lola’s story comes from the hidden and repressed folds of our apparently perfect societies. In the film, which tackles the concept of the double, the protagonist seems to meet and look for people as if they were mirrors, but this reflection of herself also reflects the abyss inside of her, as well as our personal and social misery.
Valerie Pachner, Pia Hierzegger, Mavie Hörbiger