Run Lola Run (1998)

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After a botched money delivery, Lola has 20 minutes to come up with 100,000 Deutschmarks.


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  • Franka Potente in Run Lola Run (1998)
  • Franka Potente in Run Lola Run (1998)
  • Franka Potente in Run Lola Run (1998)
  • Franka Potente and Armin Rohde in Run Lola Run (1998)

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22 May 2001 | kergillian
7
| Fun to watch, but I'd hardly rate it a classic.
People seem to get to easily impressed by films these days. No, I'm not a grouch, and I did like this film. Quite a bit actually, even though I'd basically seen the same film a few years ago: D.A.N.G.A.N. Runner, an HK film, predates Lola and is quite similar for the running throughout the film to live/save life etcetera aspect. Not to mention films like Flirt which deal with the same roles in different situations or Sliding Doors with the 'what if...?' aspect.

So this film, though interesting, was hardly new. It takes ideas already seen and twists them just a little bit. But it lacks the characterization and plot that made those other films so interesting. We learn very little about Lola, just a few snippets from her encounters with her 'father' and the bed sequences with her boyfriend, who we learn even less about. And the plot is all about cinematography and film style, there's little essence to it. In other words, it's eye candy and little more.

What that means is that we see great colour with little flavour. Experimentation with technique and style, sometimes it works other times it gets quite sloppy, and not enough attention to fine detail or story. (the cartoon part is cool though). And I would have liked a less Hollywood ending from a film that tries so hard to be contemporary and non-Hollywood.

Overall: Fun to watch. Some of the experimentation really worked. It's hardly a classic though, not even a terribly solid film. But it's interesting, and doesn't drag *too* much. I almost gave it a 6 but relented and instead give it a 7/10.

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Tom Tykwer hated the empty space on a wall in the casino and asked production designer Alexander Manasse to paint a picture of Kim Novak as she was in Vertigo (1958). But Alexander didn't remember what she looked like, so Tom suggested he painted her from behind. Alexander completed the picture within fifteen minutes.


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Narrator: Man... probably the most mysterious species on our planet. A mystery of unanswered questions. Who are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going? How do we know what we think we know? Why do we believe anything at all? Countless questions in ...


Goofs

In the third story, if the homeless man used some of the money on food, plus DM 70 on the stolen bike, there would be less than the full DM 100,000 in the bag for Ronnie by the end of the film. However, given Lola's luck with roulette, if he came after them, they could easily make up the difference.


Crazy Credits

"Special thanks to those who ran with us".


Alternate Versions

The DVD version has different English subtitles than showings on pay-cable stations. Most notably, the opening credits are not translated to english on the DVD version, and small phrases are not translated, such as when Lola goes through everyone she knows, trying to get the money. Only "Dad" is translated.


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Running Three
Vocals by
Franka Potente / Susie van der Meer
Music by Tom Tykwer (as Tykwer) / Johnny Klimek (as Klimek) / Reinhold Heil (as Heil)
Lyrics by Tom Tykwer
Performed by Tom Tykwer (as Tykwer) / Johnny Klimek (as Klimek) / Reinhold Heil (as Heil) feat. Franka Potente & Susie van der Meer

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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