Run Lola Run (Lola Rennt)

What is it?

The 1998 German experimental thriller movie Run Lola Run (Lola Rennt).

Run Lola Run Trailer
LOLA RENNT | Trailer (XV)

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).

A Film In Three minutes – Run Lola Run
Exploring Run Lola Run

My Thoughts

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.

Run Lola Run Review

The end,

  • John Jr

8 replies on “Run Lola Run (Lola Rennt)”

Hello Lost Truth,

Cool, it is good to know that someone else saw this movie as well, thank you for letting me know your opinion of it.

Have you ever seen the French movie Amélie (Le Fabuleux Destin D’Amélie Poulain), if so, what is your opinion of that movie?

I am just curious, I did a post about that movie back in February, so I was just wondering what other people thought about that movie. 😉

-John Jr

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As soon as I read the title “Amelie” I could see the cover of the movie in my mind. I think Netflix used to recommend this movie to me all the time, but I don’t believe I watched it. I checked out the trailer and it is not familiar. Which is very surprising, because it seems like something I would watch and I used to watch a lot of foreign movies. So either I have seen it and don’t remember, or for some reason and I never watched it. Maybe I will check it out now.

Have you seen the French movie District 13 or its sequel District 13: Ultimatum? I really enjoyed both of them equally.


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Hello Moment,

The cover for this movie definitely stands out because I used to see the DVD cover for this every time I went to a certain store, it always caught my attention, and years later I finally watched it after learning that it was one of the favorite movies of my former female classmate MW; and I liked it as well back when I saw it.

You just helped me remember the name of a film, I thought that seemed familiar to a movie that I watched maybe two years ago, and eventually I realized that it was District 13: Ultimatum; but I have not seen the first movie oddly, and so thank you for helping remember the name of that movie and now I realized that I missed the first movie. 😀

That movie had some pretty good action, and it was interesting getting to see an example of a French president in a movie.

Thank you for responding,
-John Jr

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Hello James Prestridge,

Thank you for sharing that, I imagine that this is one of those films that is popular in German language classes, like the movie Amélie (Le Fabuleux Destin D’Amélie Poulain) is in some French language classes.

-John Jr


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