What is it?
The 1998 German experimental thriller movie Run Lola Run (Lola Rennt).
What is it about?
This is how Rotten Tomatoes describes this movie:
Presenting his third feature after last year’s acclaimed Wintersleepers, Tom Tykwer cranks up the volume, stiffens the pace, and jettisons us on one of this year’s most exhilarating cinematic adventures.
A breathtaking race against the clock, Run Lola Run straps Tykwers’ playfully hip sensibilities to a fun-filled mix of romance, thrills, and action as his tireless heroine pounds the pavement and racks her brain to save her lover from danger.
Manni and Lola are twenty-something Berliners, way past cool and desperately in love.
When Manni, a local criminal’s errand boy, loses twenty thousand Marks, he has twenty minutes to find the money or face retaliation.
Not the brightest bulb, Manni turns to the quick-witted, resourceful Lola to devise a plan to save his hide.
And so she does, and off she sprints, running for Manni’s life, for her love, and to find money somewhere, somehow.
Dangling three “what if” variations on Lola’s mission to save her mate, Run Lola Run propels us toward each outcome with a delicious peppering of surprises, quirks, and twists.
A sure-fire hit with audiences, Run Lola Run brings to the screen two actors of immeasurable charisma: Franka Potente as the heroic, flame-haired Lola, and Moritz Bleibtreu as her doltish but devoted lover.
Scoring his delirious staccato mix of animation, still photographs, and live action to a pounding techno beat, Tykwer reveals himself a virtuoso of the medium and, at the same time, a passionate believer in destiny and the transcendent power of love.
Here is the German (Deutsch) description of this movie on Wikipedia:
Lola rennt ist ein deutscher Actionthriller des deutschen Regisseurs und Filmproduzenten Tom Tykwer aus dem Jahr 1998 mit Franka Potente und Moritz Bleibtreu in den Hauptrollen.
Der Film zeigt dreimal dieselbe Zeitspanne von zwanzig Minuten, jedes Mal mit kleinen Detailunterschieden, die die Handlung jeweils zu einem völlig anderen Ausgang führen (Schmetterlingseffekt in einer Form ähnlich einer Zeitschleife).
I saw this movie years ago thanks to an online contact NF in Germany, I had seen this movie referenced before, but I did not watch it until she recommended it to me.
I watched the movie in German (Deutsch) with English subtitles, and I remember liking the movie.
This movie played around with time in a way that helped to push the story forward while also keeping it interesting.
- John Jr