Run Lola

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  • Topic: Tom Tykwer, Run Lola Run, Cinema of Germany
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Winner of the Audience and Best film award at the Sundance Film Festival Best film Best Supporting Actress Best Supporting Actor, Best Director at the German Film Festival, Bambi Award among many other. Run Lola Run is set against the grungy urban scene scape of Berlin with an intensive bass driven techno soundtrack composed by writer and director Tom Tykwer. Run Lola Run is pounding with kinetic energy and a case of Red Bull, like a marathon inside a rave inside a fusion reactor. This moving not only takes hold of your senses in the way of a roller coaster but hypnotizing you your brain and spirit with tripping free form flashes of anticipation, panic, passion, desperation, hesitation, fear and fervor that is at once utterly exhilarating and absolutely exhausting.

Run Lola Run or Lola rennt(German), a film which lasts approximately 80 minutes in the English version, is formally divided into four parts: a three minute philosophical preface which serves to introduce the leading thesis of circularity and repetition; a 29 minute subjective flashback thought out by the main character (Lola); a 20 minute "alternative" and equally subjective flashback envisioned by the secondary character (Manni); and a 22 minute "objective" (re)telling from the point of view of the camera, which freezes suddenly at the moment Lola is about to smile. The last three minutes of the film show the credits, which appear "down" instead of "up." Likewise, the word "Ende" appears slowly from right to left, forcing one to read against what is customary. This unusual form of showing the credits in effect connects the end quite logically to the preface, which begins with a quote from T.S. Eliot and S. Herberger about returning to one's point of original departure, for after the game is before the game, and the only fact is that the ball is round and the game lasts 90 minutes: "Everything else is pure theory."

It's startling to realize that here we are, 25 minutes into the film, and...
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