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Film review: German movie sensation

By voyage reporter Danielle Kirkup

Run Lola Run, produced and written by the director Tom Tykwer, is one of the most well known German film productions of the last years. The easily understood dialogue and repeated story line mean that both German and non- German speaking audiences have access to a pleasurable cinematic experience.

What happens in the film?

The film is centred round a young couple, Lola (Franka Potente) and Manni (Moritz Bleibtreu). It begins with Manni trying to prove his loyalty to his cousin, the boss of an underground drug gang. His first mission, to deliver 100,000 DM by 12pm. Things go badly wrong however, when in his bid to escape U-Bahn ticket controllers, he forgets the bag.

Worse still, Manni is forced to look helplessly on as the train speeds away together with the homeless man, who had sat next to him just minutes before, now gleefully clutching the bag of money. In desperation Manni phones Lola for help. Somehow, they need to find 100,000 DM in 20 minutes, otherwise Manni will be a 'dead man'. As the clock starts ticking Lola takes to the streets of Berlin, straining every possible resource to find the money before it's too late.

"After the game is before the game."

(Sepp Herberger)

The 20 minute sequence is repeated three times. Each sequence is slightly different, offering three alternate possibilities as to how Lola tries to resolve the crisis. With each alternate sequence Tyker portrays how a series of events can become a series of choices and circumstances that affect a number of lives. Ultimately, two key themes arise, namely time and fate.

With the themes of time and fate Tyker is trying to convey that we all have alternate futures depending upon our choices and the circumstances with which we are confronted. The techno soundtrack, especially the song: I wish I was a hunter adds to the urgency of the situation.

Watch it yourselves!

Overall, a lot more could be said about Run Lola Run, especially when seen in context of the plethora of analytical material available. However, I will leave the further exploration to you as, as you will discover, there is always more to say about the film the more you watch it.