Run Lola Run

Tom Tykwer releases his alternative approach to German cinema with Run Lola Run. Contrasting colors, lagging images, and fast forward movement break established principles of film from the start. Tykwer pays homage to the character’s punk influenced style with these concepts. From soundtrack music to Lola’s vibrant red hair it is no secret these characters stand out from the rest of their society, a counterculture approach that actually proves their influence to those around them.

The story focuses on the fragility of the butterfly effect, redeeming it’s importance by including minor characters and how it influences the major characters.The innovative concept to restart the story three different times for the characters intensifies how time also plays a dramatic role into the outcome of the plot. Using multiple angles and split screens, the suspense lingers reiterating the film as action/thriller. The film brings question to the concept of everyday interaction and what if the minor details hadn’t occurred. High pitched screaming breaks up the calm demeanors that are seldom present within the film. Tykwer reminds the audience that Lola finds little control in the game of life, her best way to find that sense of power is to scream as a defense and perhaps even change her fate.

Using photographic cinema as a fresh outlook to show the future of the minor characters, the director can train the audience, much like Pavlov’s dogs, to expect that following the sound of a camera and snapshots they will see that character’s fate. When the final plot for Lola is coming to an end, Tykwer includes a camera sound effect so the audience expects to see her final fate. Alas, the credits roll and the audience is given a question to the outcome, an unsatisfied ending. A genius representation of anti-hollywood.


4 thoughts on “Run Lola Run

  1. Great post! I agree that the film did an amazing job capturing the dynamic of making not to important characters major ones in the long run! Crazy how one person can just be a pass by and makes such an influence on the plot and story line.


  2. Great post Laura,
    The transitions, fast pace throughout the whole movie, editing and patterns relating to time (clocks in cartoon and in real life, cross cutting editing to show the importance of time, the fact that there were multiple scenarios on the same situation) – all of that throughout the movie really showed how important time is. That’s really one of the key points I got from this movie. Overall I thought it was a great story line too!


  3. Good Laura,
    You described the movie very well. Do you think the movie should have ended when it did? It’s kind of your fairytale ending in its own way. The part where you talk about the fragility of the Butterfly effect should be the description for the movie title and they should have called this film Run Laura Run instead!


  4. Wow, great post. It seems like you have written a blog or two before. I found it very interesting how you connected the film to Pavlov’s dog experiment. That is a great example. I noticed a lot of the same things throughout the film. Run Lola Run definitely stands out from your typical Hollywood movie. It is films like this that push me to watch foreign films that don’t get much publicity in the states. It takes chances, you see new faces, and you get an originally story outside of the Hollywood remakes or cash-cow film series that seem to be becoming more and more common today. I think this was my favorite film screened in class (because I already saw Goodfellas).


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