Run Lola Run (or its German name, Lola rennt) is an innovative and fascinating film written and directed by the German born Tom Tykwer. The 1998 award winning 81 minute film, though commonly misunderstood and underestimated, is an amalgamation of kinetic order of chaos founded upon theory and the subsequent results. In the film Lola must obtain 100,000 deutsche marks in 20 minutes, as a result of not picking up her frantic boyfriend Manni, so he is not killed for losing the drug money. The film is then divided into three interludes, of which Lola begins the same but makes small changes in her actions, thus they develop differently and have a varying outcome. Tykwer chose to use German dialect for the entirety of the film with English subtitles and with these surprising interludes the basis is provided for understanding the meaning of each repeat while provoking drama and excitement.
Throughout the film there are a continuum of enigmatic comments and quotes throughout the film adding to this famed idea, for example the opening quote from T.S. Eliot; “We shall not cease from exploration,
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.”
This alludes to the investigation that is contained within our own thoughts and the preparation for the next sequence of events, the key to control and the ultimate outcome of your choice, the selected measured outcome through fortitude, not an ode to chance. A main theme of the film, order formed from chaos, is cleverly depicted through the opening sequence by the close-up shot of numerous legs and bodies poignant in chaos, then to a high angle shot of the multitude forming the title of the film, the inflicted order. Tykwer chose to emphasize that life can be controlled, depending on your preparation, through the comment from Sepp Herberger; “After the game is before the game.” Tykwer was implying that precise preparation ultimately leads to the structured sequence of...
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