126. Run, Lola, Run (1998)

Running through your head

Directed by: Tom Tykwer
Written by: Tom Tykwer
Starring: Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu and Herbert Knaup

One meeting point, countless possibilities

Lola (Potente) has twenty minutes to find 100, 000 deutschmarks and take it to her boyfriend, Manni (Bleibtru). If she is one minute too late, or one minute too early, events can change dramatically – not just for her, but every single person involved in her run to save Manni.

Run, Lola, Run branches from this simple and effective inciting incident into different scenarios that prove even the smallest differences can lead to powerfully surprising and unexpected results. As Lola runs from her apartment to her father’s bank, and finally to Manni, the people she pass also project wildly changing outcomes as they directly, or indirectly, impact on Lola and Manni’s situation.

Through clever and visually interesting techniques that speak volumes to the media-saturated nature of the film medium itself, Run, Lola Run is compelling in its ability to involve the viewer through their own personal interpretation and understanding of the film. From its open-ended and intriguing introduction to its final, ambiguous end, Run, Lola, Run uses thought-provoking ideas of interconnection and fate to fuel its compelling action, which holds the viewer’s attention long after the film has finished.


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