• James Rutherford

‘Run Lola Run’: A Propulsive, Wildly Inventive Race-Against-Time Thriller from Germany


Movie poster for the German film Run Lola Run starring Franka Potente and Moritz Bleibtreu

“Run Lola Run” (“Lola Rennt”) is a thrilling and dynamic German thriller from 1998 that stars Franka Potente as the titular Lola, a flame-haired punk caught up in a thrilling race-against-time throughout the streets of Berlin.


The storyline opens with Lola receiving a desperate call from her boyfriend Manni (Moritz Bleibtreu), a criminal bagman who has lost a bag containing 100,000 in Deutsche Mark that he’s pressed to deliver to his boss. Given 20 minutes until the fateful meet-up, Lola launches herself onto a frantic scramble to somehow replace the mislaid cache and save Manni’s very life. In a surprising and innovative twist, the narrative explores three separate courses of action as varying alternate realities play out to startling and utterly thrilling effect.


Written and directed by German filmmaker Tom Tykwer (“The International”, “Cloud Atlas”), “Run Lola Run” is a bold, wildly inventive escapade that delivers high-tension thrills and wonderfully ingenious stylings. Potente lends a thoroughly impassioned performance to her physically demanding role—a landmark accomplishment in one of the most exciting international films of the entire decade.

 

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