Few times does a foreign film land in my VCR, but few times does a German movie get such widespread acclaim from my big-budget friends. So what makes a movie about a sharply-red headed girl named Lola who has to get 100,000 marks in twenty minutes by running throughout town so good? Well, that the story is about a sharply-red headed girl named Lola who has to get 100,000 marks in twenty minutes by running throughout town. The fact that three different scenarios play out consecutively with different outcomes each time fit perfectly into this 80 minute film, and that Lola's running action lasts surprisingly well with a hip soundtrack urging her on.
The cartoon interludes are only the beginning of the wonderfully crafted Run Lola Run. The director does everything from complete character revolutions to sky-falling shots to follow cam shots to split-screen shots, and the result is a slick and original-looking piece of work that seems fresh among the stacks of trite American trash. Luckily, the subtitles are soon forgotten as the movie draws you in, and the yellow lettering makes for easy reading. The acting seems good, although I don't speak German, but I understood a few of the words.
Run Lola Run is an excellent film with a great concept and appearance, and should not be overlooked even by the mainstream viewer.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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