Run Lola Run (research and film review)…

Run Lola Run research:

‘Run Lola Run’ is a German thriller created in 1998 by Tom Tykwer, who wrote and directed the movie. It is about a young woman called Lola (Franka Potente) who, of one particular morning, receives a phone call from her boyfriend Manni (Moritz Bleibtreu). Manni frantically tells her of the predicament he’s in; he has to get 100,000 marks in 20 minutes otherwise he will be killed by the people he owes the money to. Lola has the responsibility of trying to save Manni within the time frame, however, she is somehow given three chances to do so. Throughout the film, Lola is seen running through the city of Berlin (filming took place in and around Berlin, Germany), trying to reach Manni in time.

The soundtrack of the film was composed and created by Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, and Reinhold Heil. The techno music which is almost constant throughout the entire film, relates to the storyline which shows rhythm and repetition (the three runs and the endless fast-paced movement).

The film obtained positive reviews and was selected as the German entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 71st Academy Awards, but it wasn’t accepted as a nominee. Overall, it won more than twenty awards.

Directed by: Tom Tykwer

Produced by: Stefan Arndt – German film producer and managing partner of X-Filme Creative Pool; A very famous and prosperous production company in Germany. He started X-Filme Creative Pool with fellow friends Tom Tykwer, Wolfgang Becker and Dani Levy. Tykwer and Arndt worked together on Run Lola Run and Cloud Atlas.

Written by : Tom Tykwer

Franka Potente:

Before ‘Run Lola Run,’ Potente was only in two other films: A student film by the name ‘Aufbruch’ and the film ‘After Five in the Forest Primeval,’ where she played the starring role of Anna who have been around the age of 24 at the time of filming. The film landed her the Bavarian Film Award for Young Talent for her work in the film.

Moritz Bleibtreu:

Before ‘Run Lola Run,’ Bleibtreu appeared in multiple TV shows and TV series and he attended acting school in Paris and New York City. He played roles in two other films before Run Lola Run: ‘Stadtgesprach,’ in 1995 and ‘Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door’ in 1997.

Critical acclaim:

  • Grand Prix of the Belgian Syndicate of Cinema Critics
  • Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival
  • Best Film at the Seattle International Film Festival
  • Seven separate awards at the German Film Festival
  • Ranked #86 in Empire magazine’s ‘100 Best Films of World CInema’ in 2010
  • 93% on Rotten Tomatoes
  • 77/100 on Metacritic            


Tom Tykwer:

Tom Tykwer is a German film director, producer, screenwriter and composer.

Among other things, Tykwer is known as being a bit of a ‘film buff,’ which may be the reason he added references to the film ‘Vertigo’ in ‘Run Lola Run,’ for example, the recurring image of spirals; The spiral staircase that we see Lola’s cartoon counterpart running down, and the ‘Spirale’ cafe which we see behind the phonebox Manni calls Lola in.


  • 1990 – Because (short)
  • 1992 – Epilogue (short)
  • – Deadly Maria
  • 1997 – Life is All You Get
  • 1997 – Winter Sleepers
  • 1998 – Run Lola Run
  • 1999 – Absolute Giganten
  • 2000 – The Princess and the Warrior
  • 2002 – Heaven
  • 2004 – True (short)
  • 2004 – Lautlos (soundless)
  • 2005 – Ich Dich Auch (documentary)
  • 2006 – Paris, je t’aime
  • 2006 – Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
  • 2006 – A Friend of Mine
  • 2007 – Das Hertz ist ein dunkler Wald
  • 2009 – The International
  • 2001 – Deutschland 09
  • 2010 – Soul Boy
  • 2010 – Three
  • 2011 – Endlich
  • 2011 – 60 Seconds of Solitude in Year Zero
  • 2012 – Nairobi Half Life
  • 2012 – Cloud Atlas
  • 2012 – Roskinder (TV movie)
  • 2013 – Culture Hacking
  • 2015 – Sense8 (TV series)
  • 2016 – A Hologram for the King


A look at how Empire Magazine structure their articles:



Run Lola Run review:



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