Movies that are slightly off.
Run Lola Run
Every second of every day you're faced with a decision that can change your life.
Lola receives a phone call from her boyfriend Manny. He lost 100,000 DM in a subway train that belongs to a very bad guy. She has 20 minutes to raise this amount and meet Manny. Otherwise, he will rob a store to get the money. Three different alternatives may happen depending on some minor event along Lola's run.
Decades Project: 2/9 of the 90's
"The ball is round, a game lasts 90 minutes, everything else is pure theory. Off we go!"
Manni, a small-time criminal, finally gets the big-time job that means he's beginning to gain his boss's trust. This is the test to see if he's worthy. And he screwed it up. He lost the money. So now it's up to his loyal girlfriend Lola to get him out of the mess he's created. And she just might be badass enough to pull it off. But when her first attempt fails and she finds herself shot and bleeding to death, she pulls herself back through time to try again. And this time she won't give up so…
How this film plays itself is the same way how you play a video game. You have to reach a goal point in a limited time. You start the game, overcome each n every obstacle, almost make it to the final mark but either the time is over or you're dead. So what do you do when it's already game-over? You restart. And continue doing that until you finally make it through. And that's exactly how the events depicted in Run Lola Run unfold.
Presenting 3 different alternatives of a single event, Run Lola Run begins with Lola receiving a phone call from her boyfriend Manny who lost 100,000 Deutschmark which belongs to a mobster he was working for. Lola…
• Loved the frantic rhythm and the editing filled with fast cuts and juxtaposed scenes
• Some techno music to get the blood pumping
• Lola’s supersonic scream
• It is like a great blend between Groundhog Day and The Butterfly Effect
• Not only this film is a technical marvel, it’s also a thinker and leaves room for many different interpretations
• The repetitive structure of the story can get tiring
• Handing a gun just like that was so unreal
Video game existentialism set to a pumping house soundtrack, would be one way to describe this non-stop adrenalin rush. Music videos in the 90's became increasingly influential in the style used by directors aiming at a younger audience. Run Lola Run is one of the few films that packaged together visual inventiveness with some food for thought.
Everyone has their own take on fate and pre-determined outcomes and Lola definitely has hers. Her self-belief stands out as fiercely as the red flame hair that holds our attention on the screen, a female Sonic the Hedgehog burning through the streets of Berlin controlling multiple lives.
The interesting thing is that we leave the film knowing very little about her life outside…
Chaos Theory stipulates that all dynamic systems are deterministic, which means that a system can be significantly affected by small changes in its component variables. However, these deterministic systems are, as the name implies, already determined by the nature of their initial conditions. That is, a system has an infinite number of theoretical possible conclusions, but the same origin. These drastic repercussions caused by small variables in a dynamic system is also known as Butterfly Effect.
The Butterfly Effect is reminiscent of Chaos Theory. The assumption is given with a theoretical example where the physical patterns involved in a butterfly flapping its wings can subsequently cause a hurricane in another geographical location several weeks later. How? The "initial conditions" are…
Run Lola Run is just like playing a videogame. It was only a matter of time until someone decided to make a film like this, a videogame-esque film where the protagonist of the picture is the main character of an eletronic game and, as in a videogame, she'll often face defeat and her game will be over, but she'll always have the chance to try again, and Lola just takes advantage of that chance, even if she only has twenty minutes to complete her task.
The reason why this film plays out so well is because, even though it's obviously repetitive, the idea of turning it off never comes to your mind, it's really like if you're playing a videogame…
Really enjoyed the editing in parts and sound design - note the use of whooshes when cutting non-linearly to smooth this out. Really love the sequence when she is thinking about who to choose, also the section which intercut with the holiday bits (was that Prophet?)
bit boring in terms of repeating the story three times - really liked the way that the second one was introduced though, with the falling bag and falling phone dissolved on top of each other.
lmao i watched this in Filmè Clãsś and in the lecture b4 a pulp fiction / fight club combo discussion was prompted and GOLLY what a way to buy into a stereotype my classroom pals it was some of the realest sh*t ive ever seen I was explOding
What's not to like? The advantage in making a shorter film is you have less time to stuff anything up. This film was so easy to watch and engaging it felt like less than an hour in length. Franka Potente and Moritz Bleibtreu and Tom Twyker do a superb job in having you invested in these characters without even knowing them. Both the leads have the kind of face that makes you want to know their soul and their journey. The simplicity of the plot combined with the fulfilling deviations and the energetic filming was just a fantastic experience. Clap, clap, clap.
Almost 20 years on and there's still nothing quite like it.
I had completely forgotten about the alternate timeline thing. Still holds up pretty well, though I found the animated bits were less compelling and more just probably cheaper than shooting the staircase scene. Also the way she wins at the end wasn't really earned? The clever edits bring it all together into a fun ride though.
Scott Pilgrim meets Butterfly Effect and Germany? I don't know. It was great and so much fun.
One of the most clever and dramatic movie frameworks.
Wish more films were made like this.
I kept thinking "this is wild!" throughout Run Lola Run. It's got so much energy between the frantic style, the high-stakes plot and the intense soundtrack. The plot is simple, but you're presented with three different outcomes. If only life were really like that.
Oops I died- let me try that again.
It felt very experimental, and the experiment worked. There are some really nice scenes with quick, frenetic cuts that were amazing to watch. It's just overall very unique. I also really enjoyed Franka Potente. This film pretty much rested on her cardio endurance, and she pulled it off. Now I'm really interested to see some more films by this director!
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