Wanita Wednesdays: “Run Lola Run”

From special guest writer Wanita.

For the last time and thus every Wednesday since the end of November, Wanita will be talking about a specific aspect of a film she enjoyed. This week: the structure of “Run Lola Run”.

run lola run poster

SYNOPSIS (from IMDb): A young woman has twenty minutes to find and bring 100,000 Deutschmarks to her boyfriend before he robs a supermarket.

At the beginning of the film “Run Lola Run” there is a scene where soccer is referred to, how it takes 90 minutes to play and that what happens in the game determines the outcome. In soccer, like in any sport one has an objective, to win, this is done by making plays and scoring goals. Lola’s objective was to get 100,000 marks to save her boyfriend. I think the three different scenarios where she tries to obtain the money like plays in a game. A play can be planned and executed perfectly, but that rarely happens. The setup on the field each time changes, players are in different positions. Lola made three plays, each time she made one, events differed by seconds, like how a soccer play would depending upon where others players are situated. Lola’s last attempt or play at getting the money and staying alive was successful.

A part of the film I found interesting was when Lola screams. She has such a high pitch that she can break glass. I noticed she screamed when she found out about Manni’s problem, when her Dad wouldn’t give her money. In the second attempt I can’t remember her screaming, but I think that was the one where the ambulance broke the glass plane and she screamed in the casino during her last attempt. It was like her scream willed the ball to land where she wanted it, and of course, she put her money on the number 20, since she had only 20 minutes to get it. I think that when she won the money that was when you knew that everything was going to work out. That she would get the money within the 20 minutes and everything would be fine.

wattsatthemovies also had a review of the film which you can read here.

LAST DETAILS: “Run Lola Run” (1998) written and directed by Tom Tykwer, starring Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu and Herbert Knaup.

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