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Laramie Movie Scope:
Run Lola Run

Hot red head screams her way to a fortune

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by Robert Roten, Film Critic
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January, 2, 2000 -- "Run Lola Run" is a fast-paced action movie of the "Groundhog Day" time-loop variety. After seeing it once, you have the feeling you've seen it several times. This German language film with subtitles inexplicably beat "Red Violin" and "Princess Mononoke" as the OFCS pick for best foreign film of 1999. Mathilde Bonnefoy's subliminally fast editing style won her top editing honors for 1999 by OFCS as well.

The basic story has Lola (Franka Potente) trying to get to her sweetie Mannie (Moritz Bleibtreu) across town in 20 minutes. He needs a big wad of money before he gets in trouble with his organized crime bosses. Eschewing public or private transportation, Lola runs, and runs, and runs, without getting very tired. She also screams, and screams, with such gusto she can break glass, or the time barrier, or gambling odds, or whatever.

The people she touches along the way are affected by her jaunt. We see their future lives flash before our eyes in a spluttering feast of images (hence the award to Frau Bonnefoy). The first time this gimmick runs its course it is pretty startling, but when you catch on to what is going on the movie loses some of its zip. It is not as imaginative as "Groundhog Day," but then again, few films are.

The flaming red-haired Potente has quite a screen presence. She has some nice, quiet scenes with Bleibtreu in between all the running and screaming. They talk about the meaning of love and life and the stuff of which art films are made. This probably made director Tom Tykwer feel better about directing a popular action film. I say more running and screaming! But there was certainly enough of that to make it entertaining. This film rates a B.

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Copyright © 2000 Robert Roten. All rights reserved.
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