Stars: Franka Potente
This German film is surprisingly easy to watch and even subtitled, is very easy to read. It’s nonstop action from the time Lola gets a frenzied phone call from boyfriend Manni who has 20 minutes to come up with 100,000 marks to recoup the money he lost and pay off his bosses in a drug deal. His predicament is all Lola’s fault because she wasn’t where she was supposed to be. That sets up this triple scenario ( a la last year’s “Sliding Doors”) suspense.
Lola, determined to help, and without transportation, must get to Manni with the money in time to save Manni’s life. As the clock ticks, Lola runs from her apartment, through the city to her father’s bank to procure the funds.
Directed with ingenious use of cartoons, split screen, super tight editing you can almost feel your heart racing at the same speed as Lola’s.
Three palpable versions play themselves out; each as intriguing as the other.
Written and directed by Tom Tykwer; starring Franka Potente as the fiery red haired super intense Lola and Moritz Bleibtreu as Manni.
Lotta says watch “Run Lola Run”; it’s a very cool experience.