Run Lola Run

Director:   Tom Tykwer
Year:   1998
Language:   German
Time:   81 minutes

Set against the gritty urban scenescape of Berlin and a pounding techno soundtrack, "Run Lola Run" is a frenetic, inventive existential thriller that explores the life-altering impact of seemingly inconsequential actions. Beautiful, hip, and young, Lola has but 20 minutes to locate a missing bag containing 100,000 German Marks or come up with the money some other way. If she can't, gangsters are going to kill her boyfriend. A pulse-raising race against time, the film employs a startling array of innovative techniques to present three separate scenarios, all departing from a single split-second decision Lola makes. At the German Film Awards in 1999, this film won not only the audience award for German Film of the Year, but also the Film Award in Gold for Outstanding Feature Film and for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Cinematography.

Rated R for some violence and language.


Sony Pictures website for the film

Review of the movie

Another review, this time from Film Quarterly, spring 2000

Site devoted to the director, Tom Tykwer