Run Lola Run

Review No. 521

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WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY TOM TYKWER. PRODUCED BY STEFAN ARNDT. NARRATED BY HANS PAETSCH. STARRING FRANKA POTENTE (LOLA) AND MORITZ BLEIBTREU (MANNI). ALSO STARRING PAETSCH, HERBERT KNAUP, NINA PETRI, ARMIN ROHDE, JOACHIM KRÓL, LUDGER PISTOR, SUZANNE VON BORSODY, SEBASTIAN SCHIPPER, JULIA LINDIG, LARS RUDOLPH, UTE LUBOSCH, MONICA BLEIBTREU, AND HEINO FERCH. DISTRIBUTED BY SONY PICTURES CLASSICS IN GERMANY ON AUGUST 20, 1998, AND IN THE UNITED STATES ON JUNE 18, 1999. PRODUCED IN GERMAN BY GERMANY. RUNS 1 HOUR, 21 MINUTES. INTENDED FOR MATURE AUDIENCES, DUE TO INTENSE VIOLENCE.

RUN LOLA RUN WAS WATCHED ON JULY 8, 2013.

“After the game is before the game.” –Sepp Herberger

Run Lola Run is the single most exhilarating film I have ever seen. The tale flies by in eighty minutes, and it constantly keeps you guessing. It’s utterly unfamiliar and thoroughly unpredictable. Combine that with the hurried pace, the rapid-fire camerawork, and the excellent use of electronic music throughout the feature, and musician-writer-director Tom Tykwer has you out of breath by merely engrossing you into an unusual day in the life of Lola.

Lola (Franka Potente) is a young, feisty woman in a bit of a dilemma. Her impatient boyfriend (Moritz Bleibtreu) has lost 100,000 marks and needs her to replace it by 11:00 AM, or else he’ll hold up a nearby restaurant and get the money himself. Worst of all, she has less than ten minutes to do so. Luckily, her father works at Deutsche Bank, but it’s going to take more than simply stopping by and asking for such a large amount of money. Lola has no other way of bringing $100,000 to her possession. What if she’s late?

No time to waste!

No time to waste!

The plot itself is exciting. Lola is a likable, determined character, portrayed as both impulsive and caring. She can take both to the extremes, which gives the film an offbeat taste of comedy. What takes the plot to even greater heights is the premise that a split-second can change everything. That one scenario is repeated three times, changed dynamically by a slight change in either Lola’s route or speed.

Run Lola Run is impossible to stop watching until you’ve reach the end. It plays with the idea that everything anyone does in interaction with you, leaves an effect on what happens for the rest of your day; and vice-versa. Best of all, it seems realistic. It raises several questions, and by the concluding moments, these can only be truly answered by an, “I don’t know.” Not just a simple, “I don’t know,” but an, “I don’t know, let’s watch it again and find out.”

“We shall not cease from exploration,
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.”
–T.S. Eliot

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9 thoughts on “Run Lola Run

  1. For those people not previously exposed to foreign cinema and unsure of its entertainment value, this film is a great introduction. Your review is excellent, and reminds me that I need to watch the movie again soon.

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