Run Lola Run (1998)
Run Lola Run is a film with a pulsating heartbeat that keeps the viewer utterly intoxicated under its spell. It’s as fiery as its red-maned protagonist, and as catchy as its musical score. Directed by Tom Tykwer, the film follows Lola (Franka Potente), a bizarre and fantastic young woman struggling to save her lover Manni (Moritz Bleibtreu) from his murderous criminal boss, whose money he tragically loses.
This leaves Lola to run around Berlin desperately trying to come up with 100,000 marks, and the strangeness that comes of her desperation seems to be the recurring event of her pursuits. Time rewinds itself repeatedly, renewing her chances and granting the superbly conducted video game feel that makes this movie ridiculously cool (when you watch the film you will understand my fitting use of those words). It’s a fun frenzy of a film that sets the bar for the weird and wacky, while allowing itself space for humour, sadness, and romance.
Of course, with every video game, the stakes are always high, and the pressing thing about Lola’s game is the fear that eventually she’ll run out of lives, and game over will mean the end of Manni, and oftentimes, Lola herself. There’s nothing subdued about this film; its expressively tender in some moments of intimacy, but really finds its pronounced vigor in the craze of its gaming style. It’s mind-bending perfection and a great watch. Run Lola Run is film that really stretches the confines of movie-making and doesn’t test the waters so much as it finds new ones to occupy, to the viewer’s absolute joy.
Gallery of Images from Run Lola Run