Run Lola Run (Lola rennt)
Director: Tom Tykwer
This movie starts off like it's going to be an 80-minute techno music video. It blends a lot of visual styles around the lead character, Lola (Franka Potente), who is forced to run. We get pieces of the plot in bursts when she takes brief pauses between her desperate attempts to get 100,000 deutschmarks for her boyfriend to keep him from getting killed by his "employers." While the music does eventually settle down a bit, the cyclical nature of the film brings it back again with some variety to keep a revved up pace to the film.
This is a movie that is segmented into 3 different parts, with an odd look at cause and effect, I guess. Because of the movie's frenetic pacing, you don't have much time to really think about it until it's over, then you're left with a feeling of style over substance, which, in this case, isn't actually so bad. There is a little depth to the characters, and it has some quirky moments that keep it from getting too stale. With a running time (sorry, couldn't help it) of under 90 minutes, the film is worth watching just to see how it all plays out.
DVD Notes: None since I saw it on tape.