Run Lola Run
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A thrilling post-MTV, roller-coaster ride, RUN LOLA RUN is the internationally acclaimed sensation about two star-crossed lovers who have only minutes to change the course of their lives. Time is running out for Lola (Franka Potente). She's just received a frantic phone call from her boyfriend, Manni (Moritz Bleibtreu), who's lost a small fortune belonging to his mobster boss. If Lola doesn't replace the money in twenty minutes, Manni will surely suffer severe consequences. Set to a throbbing techno score, "Lola's like a human stun gun!" Peter Rainer, New York Magazine.
- Music video Believe by Franka Potente
- Sundance Film Festival, Audience Award, Winner, 1999
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Great to see so many others appreciate its simple, almost playful genius. If you think on it, the editing job was absolutely meticulous as well.
What's amazing is that occasionally when one works hard enough on a vexing problem, multiple benefits arise that are unexpected; this is brilliantly depicted in the film with Lola's third time around, where she times everything just right, and walks away with much more than what she thought she was aiming for, all because her intense energy is focused in the proper direction (apparently).
Even the guy who stole the moped gets his karma
And look closely, who's the dying man in the ambulance?
Have owned it, traded it and purchased again over a 10 year period.
Does not fail to entertain.
Franka Potente went on to the Borne movies (as well as many others), and while many people find her annoying, she's a good fit for Lola. Lola has three "runs" - basically three do-overs for the same events, and we see how each progresses and what she learns from them.
It's a German movie, so there are a lot of cultural nods and references that foreigners would miss. The voice-over is by Hans Paetsch, a famous children's narrator. Famous German actors of yesteryear have cameos, and there are quotes and references attributed to other famous Germans (these were pointed out to me by a friend.)
Because this is a foreign film, the photography style, editing, actors, etc. are different from what we're used to, and the ending is typically European. This only adds to the movie's attraction. If you like fast paced or off the wall movies, you'll thoroughly enjoy Lola.
What separates _Run Lola Run_ from other films is not the story itself so much as the way the story is told. Director Tom Tykwer is an auteur run amuck. From the opening sequence, we are completely at the mercy of Twyker's powerful vision.
_Run Lola Run_ is the collision of German expressionism, Czech animation, and MTV. So much of this film is told though this blend of visual styles, in fact, that one could turn off the subtitles and understand most of what was going on.
This is not to say that the film is a vacuous visual metaphor. Far from it. Tykwer has crafted a genuine story here, with a great moral center. It's just that that morality is not exposed through pages of dialogue. Tykwer, instead, uses so many techniques, so well-edited together, that the characters are largely defined visually before you even know what's happening.
Clearly, this is a must-have film for anyone seriously interested in the craft of filmmaking. Not only will you learn a lot from the cacophony on display in the film itself, but the commentary (only in English) is especially enlightening. This is one of the very few secondary audio commentaries on DVD in which the lead actress plays a part, and her insight is invaluable. It's extremely intriguing to hear scenes relived from both sides of the camera. More interestingly, though, Tykwer's explanation of how he pulled off his vision is something that will energize even the most casual filmmaker.
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