Run Lola Run
Directed by Tom Tykwer
Produced by Stefan Arndt
Written by Tom Tykwer
Narrated by Hans Paetsch
Starring Franka Potente
Music by Tom Tykwer
Cinematography Frank Griebe
Editing by Mathilde Bonnefoy
Studio X-Filme Creative Pool
Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics
Running time 81 minutes
Budget $1.75 million
Box office $14,533,173
Run Lola Run
Run Lola Run (German: Lola rennt, literally Lola Runs)
is a 1998 German crime thriller film written and
directed by Tom Tykwer and starring Franka Potente
as Lola and Moritz Bleibtreu as Manni.
The story follows a woman who needs to obtain
100,000 German marks (50,984 Euro) in 20 minutes to
save her boyfriend's life. The film's three scenarios
are reminiscent of the 1981 Krzysztof Kieślowski film
Blind Chance; following Kieślowski's death, Tykwer
directed his planned film Heaven.
The film begins with Lola (Franka Potente) receiving a
phone call from her distraught boyfriend, Manni
(Moritz Bleibtreu). He is a small-time criminal and has
lost 100,000 marks belonging to his crime boss by
accidentally leaving it on a train (Lola was supposed to
pick him up, but her moped was stolen while she was
buying cigarettes). After the doors of the train
closed, he saw a homeless man pick up the bag of
money but he was unable to get back onto the train
before it left the station. Upon not seeing any trace
of his money or the homeless man at the next station,
Manni assumes the money is long gone.
Manni has to get the money within 20 minutes before
his boss finds out, and plans to rob a nearby
supermarket. Lola urges him to wait and tells him she
will sort out the money. She decides to ask her father
(Herbert Knaup), who is a bank manager.
The main part of the film is divided in three "runs".
Each run starts from the same situation but develops
differently and has a different outcome. Each run
contains various flash-forward sequences, showing how
the lives of the people that Lola bumps into develop
after the encounter. In each run, those people are
affected in different ways.