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LOLA RUN (DVD 82)
you read the entry for this movie on Leo,
youll find the following description: A thrilling post-MTV, roller-coaster
ride about two star-crossed lovers who have only minutes to change the course of
their lives. Time is running out: Lola has just received a frantic call from her
boyfriend Manni, who's accidentally lost a small fortune he was to deliver to
his mobster boss. If they cannot find a way to replace the money within twenty
minutes, Manni will surely suffer severe consequences.
thats just the plot hook. What Run Lola Runoriginal title, for those of you
who want their German language pure: Lola Renntdoes, is put the viewer
through the equivalent of video game variations. The basic plot is repeated twice; and three times Lola runs
into different chances, different obstacles, different outcomes in her attempt
to get the money and save her Manni. Its a ride where just when you thought
the roller coaster was over, it kicks into another rise to the top and another
plunge through another set of loops.
theres something more serious than cinematic video-gaming going on here.
central events are really two quiet moments between the lovers that separate its
"if at first you don't succeed..." plot repetitions. They involve
impossible human desires in the face of moving-target reality. In the first
quiet moment, Lola pines for assurance from Manni of being the fated love of his
life--as if no other love would have happened in it until her arrival. In the
second, Manni is haunted by the notion that though being the one for Lola,
he's not necessarily irreplaceable. "If not me..." shes wondering,
and "After me..." hes thinking. Two desires for stability, fixity
of feeling and meaning--two sides of one coin--flying in the face of the chaotic
motion and possibility of life. Weve all been there, so its amusing,
poignant, even a bit uneasy.
Do yourself a favor when you view this nifty, very short feature film by young German filmmaker Tom Tykwer. Dont put on the English language-dubbed soundtrack. Its dismal, once youve heard Lolas (actress Franka Potentes) real voice to match her flaming red mane and screaming intensity. The dialogue is basic, the subtitles youll have to read are few, and these two tempest-tossed people feel realer in their native tongue. And if you view the DVD at home with a full surround sound system, crank up the volume. The European techno-beat soundtrack will take your ears for a ride with your eyes and feelings.
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