Categories this film falls into:
Foreign - Germany
Just a Damn Fine Film
Thriller / Suspense
run lola run (1998)
Lola has 20 minutes to find 100,000 marks.
This film is brilliant. Fast-paced.
Energetic. Fascinatingly original. Just thinking about it gives me goosebumps.
Tom Tykwer's organization of this film rocks. The first 20 minutes are
spent laying out the plot - Lola's boyfriend lost the 100,000 marks
needed to pay off the gangster guy he works for and he has 20 minutes
to find the cash. The rest of the film is divided into 3 different explorations
of how the plot could end. It's magnificent. The colors, Lola's hair,
the music, the filming - all of it adds up beautifully.
heartpounding emotion and music that drive this film along. You're in
Lola and Manni's world - when the story has them in it, it's filmed
in 35 mm. When you see other people (like Lola's dad and his mistress),
it's filmed on video. This is such a cool thing to do. Without even
realizing it, you automatically separate the two in your head because
they look different. It's fantastic filmmaking. I loved every minute
THINGS I LOVE
Quotes at the
beginning by T. S. Elliot and Herberger. They fit perfectly.
The music. Fabulous
blood-pumping rave sound. And I don't even like rave music. It fits
in so well with the film and actually helps propel it forward. Fantastic.
You can't help but sit forward a little in your seat, trying to help
the music push the action along.
segments. Very cool. Very well placed.
The opening credits
with the pictures, character names and cast members. I love it when
films do that. And then, the arial dropdown shot to go into Lola's room
to the phone. Fabulous.
then" sequences. Tom Tykwer has to be a genius. These segments
are fantastic - turning the people you meet on the street into real
people who live actual lives that we will never know anything about.
framing of the pullaway shot of Lola holding her Dad at gunpoint in
the glass booth. It's great.
The scenes in
bed talking about love and death. It's great stuff. I can imagine those
conversations that to one seem so incredibly important and to the other
The glass being
carried across the street. Fantastic.
The twist the
second time Lola's dad and his mistress are talking about the baby.
It's amazing how just a little more time can change an entire situation.
It's so well done and so subtle. Tiny, subtle changes.
The ball is
round. The game lasts 90 minutes. That's a fact. Everything else is
pure theory. - Security Guard
What's in the
bag? - Manni