Run Lola Run

  • Directed by Tom Tykwer
  • Germany, 1998, 81 mins., Germany

Tykwer was a relative newcomer on the German film scene when Run Lola Run exploded onto the world stage in 1998, winning several accolades including the Audience Award at Sundance and seven German Film Awards. Starring the magnetic Franka Potente as Lola, Tykwer’s film is a daring experiment in storytelling, featuring three discrete “runs” that retell the same plot with subtle, ripple-effecting changes occurring each time. The setup is simple: Lola has 20 minutes to retrieve 100,000 Deutsche Marks (pre-Euro!) after her boyfriend Manni (Moritz Bliebtreu) loses that amount following a robbery and is subsequently threatened with death should he not produce the money for his employer. From this, Tykwer wrings a huge amount of dramatic potential, as Lola is repeatedly subject to a zany, revolving cast of characters who form a series of obstacles she must defeat. A key film of the intimate, cerebral Berlin School of filmmaking but also somewhat outside of it due to the frenetic pace of the film, Run Lola Run “combines pleasingly postmodern kinetic energy with exquisitely lyrical romanticism that creeps up on you.”—Andrew Sarris, The Observer.

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