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flick pick | Run Lola Run (Lola Rennt) 1998
Directed by: Tom Twyker
Starring: Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu
Language: German with English subtitles
Look for it at the video store under:
Foreign (German), Action
Watch it when youre in the mood for something:
action-packed, hip

Plot synopsis Punkette Lolas lunk-headed boyfriend Manny calls her from a pay phone, frantically begging her to bail him out of a seriously bad situation in which hes just lost the 100000 DM that hes supposed to deliver to his gangster boss. Now hes got just 20 minutes to get that money back, or hes a dead man for sure. Lola tells him to calm down and stay put; shell take care of it and meet him money somehow in hand in 20 minutes sharp. What follows are three versions of what happens during that 20 minutes, each with small but significant variations on when, from where and how Lola finally arrives to meet Manny, and all connected by the virtually non-stop motion of Lola racing desperately all over town in search of a viable solution.

Review Franka Potentes Lola is a fire-engine-red-headed kinetic force of pure energy and spunk, and one of the coolest female characters to grace the screen in quite awhile. Perhaps its a sad comment on the continuing prevalence of sexism in movies, but its incredibly refreshing to see an action movie where the woman is the smart, strong, capable one rescuing her man from his own foolish mistakes. Twykers direction oozes hyper-hipness as well, indulging in a rhythmic and constant barrage of contrasting media [35mm, video, and animation all play key roles], abrupt jump cuts, and funky split screen sequences, all of which combine to insure that the viewer will never, throughout the 80-some minute length of the movie, feel the least bit bored. Run Lola Run will convince even the most die-hard anti-subtitle movie-watcher that the words "foreign film" dont automatically equal two hours of tedious reading and pretentious intellectualism.



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