Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
Original title: Lola Rennt
Germany, 1998. X-Filme Creative Pool, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, ARTE. Screenplay by Tom Tykwer. Cinematography by Frank Griebe. Produced by Stefan Arndt, Gebhard Henke, Andreas Schreitmuller. Music by Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek, Tom Tykwer. Production Design by Alexander Manasse. Costume Design by Monika Jacobs. Film Editing by Mathilde Bonnefoy. Independent Spirit Awards 1999. National Board of Review Awards 1999. Online Film Critics Awards 1999. Toronto International Film Festival 1998.
Franka Potente is excellent as a flaming-red-haired moppet who gets a call from her boyfriend saying that he lost a huge amount of money and needs it back in twenty minutes or he’s going to be executed by the gangsters to whom the cash belongs. The film repeats the same twenty-minute scenario three times, in each version showing a different way that Potente goes about trying to get the cash for him. It’s very clever and obviously a lot went into coming up with all the wonderful little tricks that make this movie as crafty as it is, but in the end all you’ve really seen is an exercise in gimmicks that has no personal feeling to it. Still, it’s worthy viewing for those who are curious enough.