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Run Lola Run
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by Chelsea Mannix

"Wow. This is what cinema is all about."
5 stars

I left Lola Rennt (the orginal title) with such a buzz. Flying through the streets of Melbourne on my bike - the adranelin rush hadn't subsided. I still had part of the movie rusing through my veins. This is it I thought - I have found my perfect movie.

This German feature, a fate meets Groundhog Day thriller flick, is young German director, Tom Tykwer's, third film. The premise for the film is fairly simple - Manni and Lola (played by Moritz Bleibtreu and Franka Potente - Germany's 'hottest new stars') are a young couple in love. Manni has just completed a 'job' which involved him collecting a bag containing one hundred thousand dollars. He leaves this bag on the train (as you do) and has to ring Lola for help. Lola has twenty minutes to get to Manni - with the cash - otherwise his 'boss' will kill him. What follows is Lola's frantic attempts to get to Manni (hence the title) and it involves lots of on the edge of your seat narrative.

You end up seeing this same scene happen three times - run at real time - but never does it get boring. And you are you always second guessing what the actors will do next. As for the dodgy cartoons - well they're easily forgotten in the rush of the celluloid. It challenges the audience to be aware of every detail in each scene and you will find yourself surprisingly anxious by the end of it all.

If you want to look at this from a feminist perspective; the woman is in control of the whole film - which is a nice change and done so well by Potente. The film won the Best Director at Sundance and a nomination for the Golden Lion at Venice. It has won my praise as the best movie to come out of Deutschland in a decade and the BEST film of 1999. Risky? Perhpas, but I loved it.

It's a cinematic game that everyone should play.

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originally posted: 10/08/99 05:36:16
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User Comments

4/02/11 Glenn VERY good movie; outstanding "energy" and wonderful soundtrack; VERY COOL Movie. 4 stars
3/08/06 Ashley Amazing! So much fun. It will appeal to a very wide audience of filmgoers. 5 stars
11/21/05 ken mad 5 stars
10/18/04 Hadassah There was so much symbolism in this movie, I've watched it about 6 times. 5 stars
9/25/04 Tor Honolulu If I ruled cable, this is would have its own channel and play non stop 5 stars
9/14/04 Muscle Mike Great spirit! I needed a cool-down lap after viewing this film. 5 stars
6/22/04 Kate Going 100km/s, the "parallel universe" theme, music and "outcomes" of actions is brilliant! 5 stars
5/11/04 John gets repetitive after a while, feels like it should have been a short film 2 stars
12/13/03 Image15 Fate and Destiny in 81 minutes...Great flick 4 stars
11/13/03 Anderson You won't fall alseep in total 81 minutes 4 stars
11/11/03 heidi it is interesting when i watched the 2nd replay...but it is not when i watched the 3rd 3 stars
11/08/03 Cindy quite interesting with three different endings just like a game 4 stars
10/16/03 Jenny There are lots of meanings included, but I can't really understand by watched it once only. 5 stars
10/07/03 Ka Yiu its a interesting film 3 stars
10/07/03 suki wu interesting and refreshing 4 stars
10/06/03 Van that's an interesting film i haven't seen before 4 stars
10/06/03 xanthe somehow it is a pretty good film as the story can be repeated three times without boring 4 stars
10/06/03 B quite interesting 4 stars
10/05/03 Andrew German Techno beats match the rhythm of the film! 5 stars
10/04/03 John That's is a very special film coz you can say it has 3 ending! 5 stars
9/30/03 yui exciting 4 stars
9/30/03 Ophelia 3 ending film is so interesting 5 stars
9/30/03 estheticaura A lady that would do it all over again, just for her lover. 4 stars
9/28/03 KKS_flimic nothing's special, just repeat for three times...but somethings really unexpected 3 stars
9/28/03 Yan_space I most like the music and light of this film, but the story of this film was a bit bored. 3 stars
9/28/03 Mark Fortner This is my favourite movie 5 stars
9/26/03 Irene Quite interesting 4 stars
9/26/03 Monica It cannot be imagined that the ending was like this if you haven't seen it before. 4 stars
9/24/03 J. LEE Repetition of the story makes the film very attractive 4 stars
9/24/03 Francis Space i think thiss film the pattern is quite special, many thing is out my expectation 4 stars
9/24/03 Jimmy_space In my view, it's not very interesting. Lola seems like Jesus, the story is unbelieveable. 3 stars
9/24/03 karen interesting 4 stars
6/21/03 Andilecious Briliant concept and well executed 5 stars
5/05/03 Dave Loved it. Slick, stylish, funny and believable, and if you don't like subs then fuck off. 5 stars
4/17/03 Olivia best film I've seen in years 5 stars
2/17/03 thomas york lola is a fun movie, you care what happens to the characters and the soundtrack kicks ass 5 stars
2/08/03 Zefram Mann Completely style over substance, but what good style it is in places. 4 stars
12/25/02 Goofy Maxwell Tom Tykwer? Sounds like the name of a hobbit. btw, "Lola" runs rings round LOTR. 5 stars
11/22/02 Christopher Liked it. Interesting. 4 stars
10/15/02 Charles Tatum I love Franka 5 stars
8/31/02 Robbie Banfitch there's so much to like in this movie 5 stars
8/18/02 .Choadushouse. Amazing! Unlike any film I've ever seen! Completely entertaining and Lola is SO HOT!!! 5 stars
8/11/02 akash sexy 5 stars
7/08/02 Movie Expert Just another example that 99 was one of the most innovative and best years at the movies 5 stars
6/22/02 Phil M. Aficionado Inventive/gripping, little twists provide robust different outcomes. Subtitled beats dubbed 4 stars
6/06/02 I'm in (L) with a Jedi this film was fucking awesome, i could watch it for hours and hours, ova and ova agen 5 stars
4/26/02 Gremlin A different movie, nice change of style, action, and German background makes it great. 5 stars
3/23/02 R.W. Welch Inventive format, longer on technique than substance. 4 stars
2/19/02 Sebastian Brocks Good Film with 'special' story 5 stars
1/12/02 The Moorhen WOAH! 5 stars
1/04/02 Sparky Polastri One of the most watchable movies ever; I love this the most 5 stars
9/26/01 Gabrielle I liked it. It had pace, action and variation. It was never dull or boring. 4 stars
9/02/01 Butterbean Great movie! I love the parts where Lola runs into people and we get to see thier future. 5 stars
8/15/01 Marlene I have'nt watched this movie, but The devil told me it was good so I like it. 4 stars
7/20/01 Gus It blew me away after a disappointing start 5 stars
5/15/01 P.Rodriguez Sick Techno Soundtrack and some of the madests character credits makes the film a classic. 5 stars
5/15/01 zeitgeist u have to respect this kind of originality 5 stars
5/02/01 Bada Bing Crosby Everything I look for in a movie is right here in this masterpiece 5 stars
4/26/01 Silver Starfire It has an innovative storyline that keeps you on edge the entire time you watch. 5 stars
4/14/01 y2mckay Great premise and story, seamlessly meshed with an awesome techno soundtrack. BUY THIS DVD. 5 stars
3/10/01 Vinod Zachariah Really Amazing Idea 5 stars
2/28/01 Loki You must see it. 5 stars
2/20/01 Rocket Boy Yum. 5 stars
2/12/01 stella Klassnoe kino 5 stars
2/08/01 John Adams Chutiya jevu movie cheeeeee............ 5 stars
1/09/01 Rob Banfitch If only america could make movies like this. 5 stars
1/08/01 Eden This movie is unlelieveable. it perfectly fuses sound and sight. 5 stars
1/03/01 svetlana so fast paced it only felt 20 mins long! 5 stars
12/28/00 Kat tres magnifique 5 stars
10/10/00 P. Rodriguez FanF@#$nTastic easily leaves for dead shit american thrillers. 5 stars
8/01/00 Delusia Great love story. 5 stars
7/13/00 Dr Strange I thought this was great, visually perfect, and I'm always a sucker for this type of story. 5 stars
7/12/00 Tom Very cool! 5 stars
7/07/00 Elvisfan Wow, she runs & screams & smokes like a champ! Great great movie 5 stars
6/26/00 stranded on the Island Best movie of 1999! Expect to be worn out by the time you finish watching... 5 stars
5/28/00 Weird Andy I could watch stuff like this for free on MTV's "AMP." Great opening sequence, though. 3 stars
5/02/00 Mortis Amazing editing, otherworldly storyline, Fuckin' awesome 5 stars
1/09/00 Will run you crazy bitch run 5 stars
1/06/00 Jason Imaginative, enthusiastic, thoughtful and energetic 5 stars
12/19/99 Pix Cliche story line - Fantastic execution. 5 stars
12/11/99 Glenn A high-energy romp. And then a romp. And then another romp. 5 stars
11/29/99 Mic Not as good as I thought it would be, but nevertheless... 4 stars
11/15/99 gnomical inventive, enjoyable. loved the mixed media approach. 4 stars
11/08/99 Eden all I can say is WOW. Amazing! 5 stars
11/07/99 Ruth J BRILLIANT!!! 5 stars
11/04/99 Mike Not as good as what you may think... 4 stars
10/30/99 cate dare fantastic 5 stars
10/26/99 pipeman So fucking cool. I was mesmerized. AND I went out and bought the soundtrack immediately. 5 stars
10/26/99 Greg A fun film 4 stars
10/25/99 Pierce Lanson Creative, Fast, Exciting, Great music, Thought-provoking-Brilliant 5 stars
10/25/99 Gawain McLachlan Adrenaline pumping,kinetic, techno fuelled, hyperactivity. Run into your cinema now! 5 stars
10/23/99 Belinda Get the soundtrack 4 stars
10/17/99 Grahame Wells Loved it: striking, brilliant, funny 5 stars
10/12/99 Jon I like Lola, she is a nice girl. 5 stars
10/10/99 Weird Andy Great opening sequence. Some nice touches, but the film's structure saps its energy. 4 stars
9/30/99 majawat quirky, fun 4 stars
9/19/99 Costars Creative, Funky & FUN 4 stars
9/18/99 majawat das is fun movie 4 stars
9/17/99 Mairi Thomas What a blast! Fast, pacey, gripping and FUN 5 stars
9/16/99 Robert Smith I liked it. I liked it a lot. 5 stars
9/16/99 Richard Fortunato really really fun to watch- German enuf to seem "different", universal enuf to be great 5 stars
9/15/99 Heather Loved it!! Just going off to dye my hair red.... 5 stars
9/08/99 Dr. Fardook Restored my faith in humanity, art, and senseless beautiful flash 5 stars
9/08/99 Elijah The über-action movie! Action for the brain 5 stars
8/16/99 sean a hyper-active synthetic thrill ride that blows the mind away and leaves you begging 4 more 5 stars
8/15/99 Kenéz Krisztián kelotiodni 5 stars
8/12/99 ProfJim An MTV video feature length film done right, now with metaphysics and chaos theory added! 5 stars
8/11/99 raf AMAZING 5 stars
8/03/99 Cameron ... 4 stars
8/03/99 jason as slick as the shit that you dont even have to wipe. 5 stars
8/03/99 Milena Verzeanu Awesome music ! Definitely the best and freshest movie of the year ! 5 stars
7/29/99 ralph norton GREAT fast paced film, I loved it! Unfortuatly Hollywood will ruin it with a remake,I'msure 5 stars
7/26/99 Suzanne Riveting, energetic, amazing! 5 stars
7/25/99 Tom Moore rocked! 5 stars
7/25/99 jen please, PLEASE don't let hollywood fuck with this one... 5 stars
7/23/99 iyu There is no genius. This movie is a repetitive pretentious piece of German shit. Lame. 5 stars
7/13/99 jvt Inventive, running time flies by, but LOCK, STOCK is still year's best arthouse so far 4 stars
7/09/99 bridgette you can't help but get into it. high energy. great soundtrack. 5 stars
7/09/99 James Hong Brilliant, as good as or better then 2 smoking barrels 5 stars
7/08/99 Oliver Bandte energetic, high power, brack through movie 5 stars
7/06/99 Brian M very kinetic, techno love story 3 stars
6/21/99 Vanessa Meidinger fast, varied, great ideas, breathtaking 5 stars
6/18/99 Mr Showbiz Not much depth, but has kinetic, exhilirating energy in spades. 4 stars
6/13/99 Aoife White Adrenalin rush. Smart sassy Lola tries to beat the clock and save her boyfriend. Echt cool. 5 stars
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  18-Jun-1999 (R)


  21-Oct-1999 (MA)

Directed by
  Tom Tykwer

Written by
  Tom Tykwer

  Franka Potente
  Moritz Bleibtreu
  Herbert Knaup
  Nina Petri
  Armin Rohde
  Joachim Król

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