I've seen "Run Lola Run" a while ago and not only do I have troubles pronouncing this title, but to be honest I'm not a big fan of this movie. What I do remember is struggling to get to the end of it. Which is why, I apologise, but I'm gonna do my best analysing it without re watching. Primarily because watching "Run Lola Run" once is already like seeing it three times. I do like the idea of it and appreciate its potential, however I what I find to be biggest disadvantage of the film is probably the story. I consider the story quite boring and I also find the characters very annoying. BUT! Don't necessarily listen to someone, who's not a Thomas Tykwer's fan in the first place. Let me go back to the point and explain what I'm talking about to those of you who have never seen it and don't get me wrong, to prevent myself from sounding so negatively, I do believe that it's worth seeing especially as a part if learning. It's an important example of something unique, when talking about structure and for its use of animation throughout a movie.
"Run Lola Run" is an action film with a simple story about a girl, whose boyfriend, Manni got involved in some dangerous business with Mafia. He's got 20 minutes to give them their money back, otherwise they threatened to kill him. He asks Lola for help and so she's the one who has to get the money and deliver it to Manni. Lola runs to Manni and the story repeats three times, but each time it has a different ending to it. The story is indeed undeniably simple, as the movie is not supposed to be focused on a story, but structure.
Lets talk about its structure then. Have you ever wondered how one small decision you make, one single detail in your action, can diametrically change your life? Have you ever thought about going back in time and erasing one stupid thing you did? Wouldn't it be great if we were able to do such thing? Well, Lola can. She gets her three different chances. Everything's going exactly the same way, apart from one little details, which changes the whole ending of the story. The tripartite structure divides the movie onto three 20 minutes time lapses, which tell the same story, but there's always something that causes a huge plot reversal at the end.
Let me end by mentioning (with a flash of patriotism), that Thomas Tykwer admits to have been inspired by "Blind Chance" - a film by one of the most appreciated Polish directors - Krzysztof Kieslowski. The movie also consists of three repeated stories, when one banal incident influences the whole story development and the main character's life.
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