Run Lola Run


Time Out says

Lola (Potente) has a problem: her boyfriend Manni (Bleibtreu) is in a state of terminal panic after losing a hefty slice of his gangster boss's fortune; unless Lola can somehow raise 100,000 marks and reach him in 20 minutes, he'll do something seriously stupid - rob a store, say - before the boss turns up. So off she runs; trouble is, with time tight, one slip might mean curtains for Manni. Tykwer's film has already taken a fortune in various territories, and it's not hard to see why. For one thing, the plotting, which posits three different scenarios for Lola's rescue mission, is both a familiar old warhorse and ingeniously modern. For another, Tykwer deploys various eye-catching visual techniques to transform what is essentially a very simple story into a slick, tricksy entertainment. Finally, with its techno score, super-fit punk heroine and cynical take on the adult establishment, it's cannily aimed at the youth market. That said, it's as shallow as a puddle. Not only is the story contrived and often implausible, and the sporadic romanticism superficial, but it's hard to feel real sympathetic concern for Manni; if it weren't for Potente's solid, spirited performance, Lola's desperate quest would be revealed as the high-concept narrative hook it really is.


Release details

80 mins

Cast and crew

Tom Tykwer
Tom Tykwer
Franka Potente
Moritz Bleibtreu
Herbert Knaup
Nina Petri
Armin Rohde
Joachim Król
Ludger Pistor