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Run Lola Run  

Cast
Lola (Franka Potente)
Manni (Moritz Bleibtreu)
Lola's father (Herbert Knaup)
Mr. Schuster (Armin Roade)
Tramp (Joachim Krol)
Directed and Written by Tom Tykwer
Rated R for violence and language
Running Time: 82 minutes Distributed by Sony Classics

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Run Lola Run is an incredible artistic film. The film opens with Lola (Potente), a young girl with red fiery hair, receiving a phone call from her boyfriend Manni (Bleibtreu). Manni has just accidentally lost $100,000 that belongs to a gangster, who he is supposed to meet in twenty minutes. Manni decides that the only way he can save his life is to rob a grocery store that is nearby. Lola begs him not to rob the store and tells him that she will think of something and be there in twenty minutes. Lola begins running to Manni and encounters many different circumstances and people. The unique aspect of this film is that three different outcomes are shown when Lola begins to run. Each of her and Manni's situation and fate change with each different sequence.

Run Lola Run is a fast paced and clever film. It shows that the little things we do each day can change our lives. However, this film is a love story about Lola and Manni. Run Lola Run was filmed in Germany and does have subtitles. The cast and crew is German as well. The film won Best Picture at the Seattle Film Festival and also won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.

The direction in Run Lola Run by Tom Tykwer is brilliant. The film is very quick with great shots and angles of Lola on her mission. Tykwer also blends in some cartoon animation that is also an effective impact. Also, Tykwer develops a unique element with the characters that Lola sees and runs by. For a split second Tykwer uses glimpses of what happens to each character in the future.

The acting in the film is superb. Franka Potente gives an outstanding go for broke performance as Lola. Moritz Bleibtreu also delivers a nice and very effective performance as Manni. Run Lola Run is a really awesome film. The movie is very sharp and original. Look for it to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film and to be a contender for many other nominations.

Report Card Grade: A

Beastman's Movie Reviews
Copyright, 1999 Joseph C. Tucker

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