Run Lola Run (German-“Lola rennt Lola”) is a 1998 German film, written and directed by Tom Tykwer and starring the beautiful Franka Potente as Lola and Moritz Bleibtreu as Manni.
The story follows a woman who needs to obtain 100,000 Deutsche Mark in twenty minutes to save her boyfriend’s life with three different scenarios….. Very interesting concept as this may well be one of the best thrilling German movies by far I remember in last fifteen years….
First thing: it’s fast. Even on second viewing, there is not a dull moment in the movie. From the heart pounding start and the lightning-speed exposition to the quirky final credits, this movie grabs you by the throat and, well, runs with it.
Director Tom Twyker created an extended short, repeated three times as Lola tries again and again to get it right. It’s as fast-paced as you’d expect, full of likable characters, and perfectly balances art-house sensibilities with multiplex action to create one of the most enjoyable movies. The concept is simple as Lola (Franka Potente) is in trouble. If she can’t come up with 100,000 marks, her boyfriend Manni (Moritz Bleibtreu) will die. The catch is she has only twenty minutes to come up with the money. Lola’s race to save her lover is repeated three times with minor variations that lead to widely different endings. It’s Groundhog Day on ecstasy.
Lola succeeds on all counts: it is a thrill ride that out-runs every other contender playing right now; it is a stylish visual feast that succeeds artistically by employing its tricks and gimmicks in ways that heighten the impact of the story; and it succeeds emotionally because we believe Lola’s fear and love: a runner can’t lie.
“Run Lola Run” is set in a brightly-colored fairy-tale world in which the elements of the story can be rearranged and connected at will. To see director Tom Tykwer play with nuns, bums, guns, crooks, bankers, ambulances, and policemen is pure delight – it’s as if we were granted a glance at the creative process itself, three different drafts of the same story, revised and rearranged until the final version satisfies.
There is a study of chance, time, and fate hidden somewhere beneath the techno soundtrack. A pet turtle, a set of falling dominoes: there are details in this film that carry meaning you won’t catch until a second viewing, but the mixture is nothing short of perfect: the deeper levels of German ponderousness, for those who enjoy this kind of thing, are buried deep enough to allow those of us who are just into it for the sheer exhilaration of watching Franka Potente run to not worry about any of it….. Sure she can run faster too
This film was a huge success in Germany, followed in France & Italy too. it also earned a nomination at the BAFTAs and at Venice for Best Foreign Film, and won the World Cinema Audience Award at Sundance.
- Written, Music & Directed by Tom Tykwer
- Produced by Stefan Arndt
- Narrated by Hans Paetsch
- Cast: Franka Potente& Moritz Bleibtreu
- Background Score: Johnny Klimek & Reinhold Heil
- Cinematography: Frank Griebe
- Editing by: Mathilde Bonnefoy
- Studio: X-Filme Creative Pool
- Distributed by: Sony Pictures Classics
- Release dates: 20 August 1998
- Running time: 81 minutes
- Country: Germany