After a botched money delivery, Lola has 20 minutes to come up with 100,000 Deutschmarks.
Editing: Mathilde Bonnefoy
Music: Reinhold Heil, Johnny Kilmek, Tom Tykwer
Cast: Frank Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu, Herbert Knaup, Nina Petri, Armin Rohde, Joachim Krol, Ludger Pistor, Suzanne von Borsody, Sebastian Schipper, Julia Lindig, Lars Rudolph
Directors: Tom Tykwer
Writers: Tom Tykwer
Cinematography: Frank Griebe
Run Lola Run is a film that doesn’t waste your time and has a blistering pace. I’ll try to match that here.
Lola (Franka Potente) receives a call from her upset boyfriend, Manni (Moritz Bleibtreu). He’s lost 100,000 Deutsche Marks that belong to a ruthless and easily bitter gangster. Manni believes he’s dead; there’s no way he can make that money; not in the twenty minutes, he has to pack and be ready for retrieval. Lola insists she’ll be able to help get the money and meet him where he is in twenty minutes. Manni agrees he’ll wait, but once the time is up, he’ll be walking across the store to rob a supermarket in a last-ditch effort to get the money he needs.
Lola races down the straight, bumping into a lady with a pram, a man attempting to sell a bike, a car pulling out of a driveway. As she does, we see Polaroid photograph moments of their future. When Lola reaches Manni, things don’t go to plan, but she’s within a moment back on the phone with him and then racing out of her parents home to attempt to reach him again.
Run Lola Run isn’t a sci-fi film interested in explaining the time-loop used here. Because the film’s characters are on such a tight schedule, Lola never stops questioning what’s happening, even if it is clear she’s aware of what’s happening. Well, as far as you can understand, something like a time-loop occurring. All she cares about is saving Manni, and it’s clear she truly loves and cares for him.