A simple Rashomon meets Go tale of a lost sack of cash and twenty minutes to find 100,000 Deutsche Marks to replace it, Run Lola Run (aka Lola Rennt) follows Lola (Potente), the girlfriend of a hapless guy, Manni (Bleibtreu), a low-down on the organized crime totem pole. When Manni foolishly leaves said cash on the subway, Lola figures it's up to her to fix the situation before Manni does something even more stupid in the next 20 minutes, before the appointed time for the money drop.
So she runs. And how. Hatching a plan to beg her banker father for the money, she crisscrosses Berlin on foot. The genius of Lola is not the story, though. In fact, the plot is pretty simplistic. It's Tykwer's use of diverting story lines and clever devices for tying up loose threads that keep you in constant suspense and curiosity about what he'll do next.
Eventually, the 20 minutes run out, and through a force of will (of sorts), Lola rewinds the clock and plays the scene out again and again - each time with different consequences. It's a clever thesis on the age-old notion that minuscule differences in the way we act at a certain point in time could have overwhelming consequences down the road.
For intellectuals, it's a thrilling exercise. For action- and visual-lovers, it's pure eye candy.
In German, with English subtitles.
Aka Lola rennt.
Ich liebe Lola.
Run time: 80 mins
In Theaters: Friday 18th June 1999
Distributed by: Sony Pictures Classics
Production compaines: X-Filme Creative Pool
Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
Fresh: 74 Rotten: 6
IMDB: 7.8 / 10
Director: Tom Tykwer
Producer: Stefan Arndt
Screenwriter: Tom Tykwer
Starring: Franka Potente as Lola, Moritz Bleibtreu as Manni, Herbert Knaup as Lola's Father, Nina Petri as Frau Hansen, Armin Rohde as Herr Schuster, Joachim Król as Homeless Man, Heino Ferch as Ronnie, Lars Rudolph as Herr Kruse, Ludger Pistor as Herr Meier, Sebastian Schipper as Mike, Ute Lubosch as Mother, Julia Lindig as Doris, Andreas Petri as Cleaning Person, Klaus Müller as Croupier, Utz Krause as Casino Manager, Volkart Buff as Ambulance Driver, Monica Bleibtreu as Blind Woman, Suzanne von Borsody as Frau Jäger
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