"Well, we all have our bad days."
“Run Lola Run” came out during a period when lots of unique and truly fantastic films were opening up in theaters. Luckily for Lola, it was equally unique and fantastic, ensuring that it didn’t get buried. Tom Tykwer’s wild film, so thoroughly infused with energy and style, took a simple tale of a woman trying to (quickly) raise money for her boyfriend to ensure he doesn’t get killed by the gangsters for which he works, and gave it a philosophical bent when he decided to write it in almost a video game style where we see the same situation play out three times. It’s an absolutely fascinating film to watch and a very easy film to enjoy. Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we continue our Foreign Language Film series with this thrill of a film. We discuss the nature of the film itself and the almost avant garde dreamscape nature of it, exploring what it was Tykwer was trying to say by making the film this way. We chat about what works for us and what doesn’t, and look at one sequence in particular that ended up feeling more problematic than it has in the past. We talk about the performances, notably Frank Potente and Moritz Bleibtreu, and why they work so well for us. And we chat about the style, particularly the cinematography and editing, and how they help the film achieve this level of energy not often maintained as well in other films. We both love this film, despite some problems, and have a great time talking about it. Tune in!
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- Original theatrical trailer
- Original poster artwork
- Art of the Title
- The 100 Best Films of World Cinema
- The Map of Lola’s Run
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