Run Lola Run (Lola Rennt)

August 22nd, 2007 by exolstice

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Every so often, you find yourself watching a film that’s been released for quite some time for the first time, and once it’s over you ask yourself: “Why the hell didn’t I see this one before?” This is one of those films. Released in 1998, Run Lola Run was considered ground breaking and original at the time. It’s now almost ten years later, and the film feels as fresh and original, if not more so, than the majority of films released in the past year.

Telling a story from different points of view is not a new concept in film. It’s been done brilliantly before, Rashomon for example, and it’s been done to great effect for laughs in the comedy classic Groundhog Day. However, in both those examples, there’s a plot device used to showcase the different takes on the same events. In Rashomon, we see a crime being committed from the perspective of four different observers, while in Groundhog Day, the hero is condemned to relive the same day over and over again with full knowledge of his condition. Run Lola Run is different in this aspect. It tells the same story three times, each time the events unfold differently, but with no clear explanation as to why, or how this is happening. Then again, no explanation is needed.

In short, Lola’s (played by Franka Potente who you might remember from The Bourne Identity) boyfriend Manni (played by Moritz Bleibtreu who you might remember from Das Experiment) screwed up and he needs 100,000 Deutsche Mark (roughly $150,000 US dollars at the time) in 20 minutes or he’s a dead man. Lola tells him to stay put, she’s on her way. That’s when the running starts. She runs for most of the movie, trying the find the money to saver her boyfriend’s life before time runs out. Without spoiling what happens in the three different scenarios, I can tell you that most of the same characters appear in all the segments. For some of them, we even get brief glimpses into their future lives, showing how a small event like bumping into someone can completely alter the course of a person’s life. At its core however, is Lola running, and we see how seemingly inconsequential choices lead to completely different conclusions.

This film is quite entertaining, and it’ll keep you guessing for most of its duration. If you’re in the mood for something different and you aren’t afraid of subtitles, do yourself a favor and check this one out.

****

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