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Saturday June 8 at 7:30pm

Run Lola Run (1998)

Lola Rennt


German/English Subtitles

1h  21m

IMDB  7.6/10




No Tickets Required

Entrance is Free!

Doors Open 7:00pm

Film Starts 7:30pm

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Review by Taylor Bathel


Run Lola Run is an exuberant and creative film that amps things up for a run of nonstop action that tantalizes the senses and bombards the mind with an adrenaline rush of stimuli.  With bursting energy, the film dives headfirst into the plot as Lola receives a distressed phone call from her boyfriend Manni , a petty criminal who needs to turn over a chunk of money or face death.


But there’s a twist:  he only has 20 minutes.  Lola promises she will get him the money on time as she slams down the receiver and begins a mad dash across town to save her doomed lover.   We watch as she goes first to her banker father for money, then continues her sprint across town.


Cue Lola’s mad sprint in a race against the clock, with the added challenge of somehow acquiring the cash to save Manni’s life. The moment Lola’s heels strike the Berlin pavement, complete with flame red hair trailing behind, your own heartbeat vicariously quickens as the risks keep mounting.

What distinguishes Run Lola Run is Director Tykwer's stylistic technique: a frenetic, eclectic, elemental hybrid that tosses its bag of tricks at the screen with the merriment of an exploding piñata.  To the incessantly propulsive sounds of a Euro-techno soundtrack, the infinitely watchable Lola races across the city. 


The film’s essence lives in the cascades of “what ifs” that greatly alter the outcome and quite literally determine life or death.  And not just for Lola and Mannie—a change in Lola’s strategy flips the fate of all the seemingly background characters in her world. 


The same bystander characters are presented in each of the situations, allowing the audience to create a connection to their stories and the tangled web they form together.  Flashes of the future for each minor character add an extra human element to the film, and showcase how every small move in life matters. The multiple storylines intersect in real-time, and the same scenes are shown repeatedly with minor changes, giving an eerie sense of déjà vu.
Besides the transforming lives of the bystanders, the most intriguing changes occur within Lola’s personal relationships. Through flashbacks and memories, viewers learn intimate details of Lola’s relationship with Manni, and begin to appreciate the outlandish couple and the bond they share. Moreover, the role of Lola’s callous father  is morphed in each scene, alongside his intentions with Lola and his mistress. 


By learning of Lola’s private life, she develops into a softer character despite her harsh exterior.  Again, like with the bystander stories, the human element is highlighted successfully—an unexpected feat for an action based film.

  Director Tom Tykwer deserves a personal applause for his accomplishments in Run Lola Run, which itself has rightfully garnered numerous industry awards. Tykwer distinguishes himself by upping the ante on other action packed dramas by adding flair of the supernatural and an artistic quality to every detail.


From the mix of sound and silence, the effective use of black and white to allude to the past, and the switch to animation in select scenes, the audience is kept on its toes.  Camera direction plays an essential role in the intrigue, with fast movements that trick the eyes and usher the anxiety of the characters into the viewers.


Run Lola Run is indeed a thriller, but one goes above and beyond its duty of simple entertainment by leaving you with a lingering existentialist thought—perhaps life truly is a game of roulette. 



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