Lolita Challenge Week Two: 5 movies for Lolitas

Believe it or not, there really are a lot of movies for Lolita's! Anyone outside of the lifestyle might not think so since Lolita is so niche, and many people just see it as a fashion and nothing else, but as someone who's been in love with every aspect of Lolita for over ten years I can tell you there's so much more to it than just a fashion.

So here's my list of 5 Movies for Lolitas!

1. Kamikaze Girls

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Momoko is a 17-year-old girl who is into the Rococo period. Selling off some her yakuza father's hooky t-shirts to fund her shopping habits, she comes across Ichigo, who is her complete opposite, a tough biker chick. The two become mutually dependent on each other in this enjoyable account of an unlikely friendship.

Kamikaze Girls is a given whenever you talk about movies for Lolitas. It's the flagship film. But to me it's more than that. It's easily one of my favorite movies. Aside from the obvious draw of Lolita fashion and a shared obsession with the Rococo period, the relationship between Momoko and Ichigo remind me of me and my best friend. When we were growing up I was the girly one who liked dresses and being cute and wasn't very coordinated at all and she was the tough tomboy who would never be caught dead in a dress. To this day it's still our favorite film to watch together.


2. Violet Evergarden

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The story revolves around Auto Memory Dolls (自動手記人形 Jidō Shuki Ningyō): dolls initially created by a scientist named Dr. Orland to assist his blind wife Mollie in writing her novels, and later rented out to other people who needed their services. In the present time, the term refers to the industry of writing for others. The story follows Violet Evergarden's journey of reintegrating back into society after the war is over and her search for her life's purpose now that she is no longer a soldier.

Although this is more of a series than a "movie" exactly, I still think it deserves a place on this list. It's a beautiful story that personally I think would appeal to any Lolitas. But be warned! You WILL cry!


3. Marie Antoinette

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An Austrian teenager (Kirsten Dunst) marries the Dauphin (Jason Schwartzman) of France and becomes that country's queen following the death of King Louis XV (Judy Davis) in 1774. Years later, after a life of luxury and privilege, Marie Antoinette loses her head during the French Revolution.


4. The Duchess

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Though adored by the people, the Duchess of Devonshire (Keira Knightley) is not content to sit as a pretty figurehead. Determined to be a major player in affairs of state, she rises to the forefront of the Whig Party and helps usher in reform in late-1700s England. The one thing it seems she cannot do is win the heart of her husband (Ralph Fiennes).


5. Howl's Moving Castle

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Sophie (Emily Mortimer) has an uneventful life at her late father's hat shop, but all that changes when she befriends wizard Howl (Christian Bale), who lives in a magical flying castle. However, the evil Witch of Waste (Lauren Bacall) takes issue with their budding relationship and casts a spell on young Sophie, which ages her prematurely. Now Howl must use all his magical talents to battle the jealous hag and return Sophie to her former youth and beauty.