When taking a chance pays off

Another great movie screened in class was Run Lola Run. This was a foreign film from Germany that had a lot of great scenes along with a lot of different styles and ideas. The intro to the movie really sets the viewer up with the pace and wildness that is to come. You are thrown into a fast moving situation that mimics what the films main character is going through when she answers the phone. A lot of names are introduced, a lot of events are explained, and the talking is rushed and panicked. All the while there are quick cuts between characters and thumping Euro trance playing. The characters, setting and sound scream a kind of 90’s acid punk electronic scene that could be used for a Paul Oakenfold music video. But anyways, all of this quickness does a great job at capturing the lifelike thought process that occurs in emergency situations.

The beginning of the film is also when the viewer gets a taste of the experimenting that the filmmaker is going to be incorporating into the film. This is done with the use of crude animations that give a lot of information at once to go along with the story. Later on the viewer will experience shots with very strong lighting, a butterfly effect storyline that resets, split screens, shaky cameras, close-ups, patterns and many motifs. The film is actually laced with motifs with the most notable being solid colors. Vivid reds are associated with the main character Lola, showing up many times with the ambulance, “reset” scenes, her hair, lighter, the phone in the beginning, and when she is gambling. Her boyfriend Manny finds himself more surrounded by yellow. When He is in the phone booth talking to Lola, The store he robs, the trains that pass, and the homeless man’s bag that finds “his” money.

From start to finish, I think the film pushes the message that we’re all in our own little personal game (life) that is really only significant to the people we involve ourselves with. There are a few moments in the film that Lola screams (unrealistically loud) when she starts to reach her limit on what she can/can’t control but ultimately realizes that you can’t control anything. The viewer also learns this lesson with the constant replaying of events in the film that have almost limitless possibilities of cause and effect. A few seconds can change everything



One thought on “When taking a chance pays off

  1. I really like your interpretation of life being like a game. I hadn’t thought about that, but looking back, the film did give me a game-like feeling. When playing games, you feel rushed, and there is often a sense of urgency and chaos. Often, there are multiple ways to play the game, or different paths to choose, and it’s hard to see at the start which one will work out. The butterfly effect you are referring to, when small decisions have a huge impact, is also very true for a game. You never know whether that one coin you collected in level 2 is going to help you in the next level. Unlike games, however, there is no such thing as a replay in real life. We cannot simply go back to the previous level and change our strategy. Yet this is exactly what Run Lola Run seems to suggest. Very interesting, and it definitely made for an captivating story!


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