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Run Lola Run

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1 h 19 min199915
Lola and Manni are in their early twenties and they are in love. Manni works as a money runner for a shady car dealer. But one day something goes wrong and he loses a bag filled with 100,000 Deutsche marks. In 20 minutes his boss will come to pick up the money, and if he can't find the money, he'll be dead. It's up to Lola to save him. A wrong decision can have terrible consequences. Inventive ...
Directors
Tom Tykwer
Starring
Franka PotenteHans PaetschHerbert Knaup
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SuspenseDramaAction
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English [CC]
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English
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Supporting actors
Joachim KrolArmin RohdeLudger PistorMoritz BleibtreuNina Petri
Producers
Stefan Arndt
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Sony Pictures Classics
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4.5 out of 5 stars

837 global ratings

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  2. 14% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 10% of reviews have 3 stars
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Slam T. ‘’Badd’’ BadgerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 February 2022
3.0 out of 5 stars
Nice, and a bit different.
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First off, this is mostly in German with English subtitles. 2nd, this shows you different versions of the same event 3 or 4 times, like a kind of multiverse skipping DVD. 3rd, this is set just before everyone had mobile phones. And 4th, this is pretty simple, low budget, and with a minimal cast.
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I mention all of this because I have tried to watch films with plenty of people who seem to have issues with any, if not all of those things.
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But if none of that has put you off, then this is a fun and quirky little movie about a couple trying to make 100K in 30 minutes before their shady boss kills them. It occasionally, and very quickly, goes off at short tangents showing you other things that may go on to happen to people they pass. Sometimes these tiny sections are animated. But mostly this is an interesting and amusing low budget film about a young couple losing a gangsters money and then running around wondering WTF they can do to not get killed.
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Throda tzenReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 August 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
“Lola, what would you do if I were to die now?” [Manni]
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In this 1998 thriller, Lola (Franka Potente) receives a frantic phone call from her boyfriend, Manni (Moritz Bleibtreu), a small-time criminal who has lost his bosses 100,000 marks because Lola failed to show at a rendezvous. Lola then realises she has 20 minutes before Manni robs a supermarket to get the money.
The basic premise is that Lola relives her 20 minutes in an effort to change the outcome of events. The good things about this are it plays in real time, uses some split screen to illustrate simultaneous action, uses slo-mo all round photography a year before the Matrix and changes small details each time the scene is replayed so it never becomes repetitive. Full of minor details like the baby snatcher, a pushbike thief and many other background characters who all seem irrelevant but who actually all play a part, it’s a novel approach that really pulls this above the average, especially with the dynamic soundtrack.
The main menu offers languages/audio set up [English 5.1 or German 5.1 default], subtitles [English on/off], scene selection, extra features [theatrical trailer, director & cast commentary on/off, Believe -music video, talent profiles] and play. Rated 15, this does have some infrequent swearing [including the F word] but no sex or nudity, although there are some scenes of flashing imagery. If you speak German, view with the German soundtrack or use the English subtitles, as the German sound is clearer and slightly louder and the subtitles are not very intrusive. Whichever you watch, I found the time seemed much shorter than the 90 minutes. Highly recommended if you like films with a time travel twist such as ‘Groundhog Day’ [1993] or ‘Sliding Doors’ [also 1998], Even if the main characters are actually anti-heroes, you just can't help rooting for them.
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E. M. ColvinReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 November 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Actually, not so bad. Re: DO NOT PAY AMAZON TO STREAM THIS
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INITIAL REACTION (when only fifteen minutes in):
The film's great - but DO NOT pay Amazon £3.50 to "rent" this video in "HD". The quality is abysmal — it's more blocky than Facebook home videos from 2004. Since cinema is a visual medium, and this film depends heavily on its visuals, this insults your equipment — and certainly does not do justice to the legend, "Amazon Prime." I am writing now to see if Amazon can either offer me some sort of a refund or an alternative means of viewing this title. I'll let you know how I get on.

UPDATE: having watched this film to the end, I take it all back.
The dodgy artefacts only occur between 12:32 and 13:48 — after that, the quality is acceptable — and the film is still exceptional.

Completed in 1998 — before the age of ubiquitous cell phones, and blanket surveillance — it reminds one of more innocent, and relatively honest, times. Twenty years ago, Europe was pretty much in accord with the US; citizens were free to move around anonymously, unmolested by computerised surveillance; the world — even Russians — sought to be more like us.

Now, more than even then, it makes me think about choice and chance:
Just three years after this film won all its plaudits, thanks to greed at highest level, NSA spooks shut down a relatively cheap, efficient and astoundingly effective counter-terrorism surveillance programme (one entirely respectful of US citizens' constitutional rights; able to pinpoint suspicious activity in real time). Without that deliberate oversight, agents would have foreseen, and presumably prevented, the attacks on the World Trade Centre and Pentagon just three weeks later —attacks which shocked the "free world" and which, in turn, empowered NeoCons to create a police state and to take America and Britain into an unjustified and unpardonable war foreign war.

Thus the tiniest handful of stupid, amoral decisions in August 2001 (compounded by Wall Street's hunger for Federal investment in Private Military Corporations) ultimately blew what remained of the West's international moral capital — elevating China, empowering Putin, even indirectly precipitating the financial meltdown of 2007/8. You could even make the argument that all of this was precipitated by the discounting of a few "pregnant chads" in a swing state in 2000.

If they could set the clocks back, would Washington and their snoops choose more discrete policy?

"What a difference," indeed, "a day makes."
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D J Jackson: Passionate about Film.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 January 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
SOME OF THIS IS SUPERB, SOME DOWNRIGHT TIRESOME ~ BUT WORTH PERSEVERING.
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This is a review of the 2008 All Region Blu-ray from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, in German with (good) English subtitles. The ‘look’ is stated as being ‘true to the original source master’: for a Blu-ray this provides a surprisingly non-pristine image, but it's fine to watch.

This 1998 cult German film is a thriller, running to a mere 79 minutes, and is another of those films that REALLY splits the jury. It is clear, even on Amazon, that some adore it, others cannot abide it. Actually, I can fully understand both viewpoints!

First the facts. ‘Run Lola Run’ was filmed during July 1997 on location across Berlin, though in real life, the route locations are scattered all over the city. The film was one of the earliest works by German director, screenwriter and composer Tom Tykwer ~ here he undertook all 3 tasks. He is also well-known for the same achievement with the successful German TV series, ‘Babylon Berlin’. The star of the film, playing Lola, is Franka Potente, in only her second film role. It made her a star, and she went on to appear in 2 of the 3 Bourne films, ‘Blow and ‘Che’ amongst others. The film was well-received. It was nominated for a number of awards including a BAFTA, and was the German OSCAR submission, but was not selected for the final shortlist.

So, the story! Lola’s boyfriend is working as a money courier for a very unpleasant, violent local gang boss, and leaves DM 100,000 of his illicit cash (about £35,000 in 1998) on a subway train. He phones Lola in a total panic, asking for her help. He MUST deliver the cash in 20 minutes. For the rest of the film, we see Lola trying to save him, in a ‘Groundhog Day’-esque ‘if this doesn’t work, try that’ set of alternate timelines.

As suggested by the title, the plot plays out at a frenetic gallop, both in terms of action and in terms of jump-cuts, split screens, freeze-frames, 360° spins and cartoon renditions of the real-life action. It is accompanied by a mind-bendingly manic musical score, some of it superb, some downright tiresome. Initially, I was irritated, then actually annoyed, but then, I found myself hooked ~ and amused. You have to accept that this is not a serious film, it is more a cartoon played out by human characters. They are NOTHING LIKE real people, and the entire film is an entertaining but surreal rollercoaster.

This German film is well worth persevering with, though it is UTTERLY outwith their wonderful but sober tradition of film-making ~ ‘M’ (1931); ’Das Boot’ (1981); ‘The Lives of Others’ (2006); ‘The White Ribbon’ (2009). Not a 5 Star offering though, more a high 4.
Thomas CunliffeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 October 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Not many actresses have to run like this
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I saw this film on television and looked it up on Amazon and decided that at this price, I ought to buy it to add to my collection. It's a really clever film with terrific production values which makes it drive along at great pace as the sound-track pulsates along in tension-raising rhythms.

Lola's boyfriend has lost 100,000 marks (this is 1999, pre-euro days) belonging to a gangster. Manni is given 20 minutes to get the money back to him and Lola moves into action to get the money back to him, dealing with one obstacle after another.

The director plays many tricks with the viewer, freeze-framing at key points, re-running vital incidents with optional outcomes, and generally driving poor Lola along at fantastic pace leaving this viewer at least wondering how Franka Potente (Lola) coped with all that running! Set in Berlin, the city looks suitably bleak and ugly - the Lola and Manni look very European too, in an edgy sort of way which is a nice change from more conventionally beautiful American actresses/actors.

I agree with other reviewers - select the option to watch it in German with subtitles - the dubbing on the English version is terrible.

The music is available on a well-known music streaming service (with a green circular icon) and I play it over and over again (presumable generating some unexpected royalties for the creator.
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Montague SmithReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 February 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
A running, standing still and jumping star is born
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Franka Potente frantic to save her boyfriend’s life in fleet-footed race-against-time caper from Wintersleepers director Tom Tykwer, confidently deploying a startling array of movie techniques to tell an apparently trivial anecdote in an exciting and involving way. It’s nothing like the melancholy Wintersleepers, yet its primary concern is exactly the same: to illustrate, in an entirely cinematic manner, the paradoxical rule of chaos theory. The aptly named Franka Potente (she has a dynamic, sexual and powerful screen presence) is wonderfully animated as Lola, hair dyed punk red and decked out cartoon-style in pale blue tank-top and pale green jeans, immediately identifiable in every pulsating frame. With his regular collaborators Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil, Tykwer also supplies a terrific techno score that keeps Lola running towards whatever destiny has in store for her and her hapless lover.
Nicholas CasleyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 July 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
Turning Cinematic Timescales on Their Head
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The gist of this German film is that Moritz Bleibtreu plays a minor player in a criminal gang who, due to his own incompetence, has to find 100,000DMs in twenty minutes. As one character in the film remarks, “Well, we all have our bad days.”

The film was written and directed (and, as usual, partly scored) by Tom Tykwer (‘Perfume’). My DVD includes a commentary by him in English along with the female lead, Franka Potente. In the commentary, as well as explaining the complex filming techniques employed, he points out how his film turns normal cinematic timescales on their head. Normally a film will take a long period of time and reduce it to ninety minutes, but his takes twenty minutes and expands it.

It’s well-constructed but ultimately a silly but brilliant conceit: of course, if Franka Potente’s character can reverse time, why does she not reverse it to the point where her moped is stolen and thus preventing the whole ensuing enterprise? Still, the seventy-seven minutes the film lasts are entertaining enough.
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Jo JacksonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 November 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent, quirky film
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It was a film made 20 years ago but I had not seen it or even heard of it I thoroughly enjoyed it. The story was a little like sliding doors, - different versions of the events in a day. the acting was excellent, the musical score was great and the cinematography was brilliant
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