Run Lola Run

Synopsis: Lola receives a phone call from her boyfriend Manni. He lost 100,000 DM in a subway train that belongs to a very bad guy. Lola has 20 min to raise this amount and meet Manni. Otherwise, he will rob a store to get the money. Three different alternatives may happen depending on some minor event along Lola's run.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Tom Tykwer
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 28 wins & 19 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
80 min

We shall not cease from exploration

And the end of all our exploring

Will be to arrive where we started

And know the place for the first time.

T.S. Eliot

After the game is before the game.

S. Herberger


probably the most mysterious

species on our planet.

A mystery of unanswered questions

Who are we? Where do we come from?

Where are we going? How do we

know. What we think we know?

Why do we believe anything at all?

Countless questions

In search of an answer.

An answer that will give

rise to a new question

and the next answer will give

rise to the next question and so on

and so on.

But, in the end, isn 't it

always the same question?

And always the same answer?

The ball is round.

The game lasts 90 minutes.

That's a fact. Everything

else is pure theory.

Here we go!


- Manni?

- Lola?

What's up? Where are you?

Where were you, damn it?

I got there too late.

But why today?

You're always on time! Always!

My moped got ripped off.

It doesn't matter.

Yes, it matters!

What's wrong?

It wasn't my fault, Manni.

I went to get some cigarettes.

I can 't believe how fast the guy was.

There was nothing I could do.

He was gone before I got outside.

I even took a taxi.

That dumb-ass drove east. They've

got a Grunewald St. There too.

When I noticed, it was too late.

I was so screwed up because

of our moped, I didn't realize.

- Doesn't matter. - And when

I got there, you were gone.

- It doesn't matter now.

I'm done for. - But why?

Help me, Lola! I don't know what to do.

You weren't there, and I messed

it up. I blew it. I'm such a jerk!

Just calm down. Now, what happened?

Just tell me what happened, okay?

Lola, he's gonna kill me. I'm gonna die.

Stop it! You're scaring me. What's up?

- Did you get caught? - No, but

that would have been something.

Everything went really great. We drove

the cars there, and those guys came.

They paid and that was it. Easy as pie.

I got waved across the border

and then they dropped me off out there.

I went to see that cyclops,

and he was finished in no time.

And everything was on time,

except for you.

You were not there

- Then what?

- Nothing. Not even a phone booth.

I couldn't even call a taxi,

so I walked to the subway station

On the train, there was this bum

who somehow fell down. Suddenly,

these inspectors showed up.

And I got out like always.

An old reflex.

The bag!

The bag!

The bag!

I'm such a fucking amateur!

A dumb-ass!

This could only happen to me! If you'd

picked me up, It wouldn't have happened.

I was so out of it.

You're always on time!

- Didn't you call the next station? - Sure.

But It was too late. The

fucking bag was already gone.

And that bum has it.

That plastic-bag freak!

He's on a plane to Florida or Hawaii

or Canada or Hong

Kong or Bermuda or whatever.

What about Ronnie?

- He'll kill me. - You gotta tell him.

Forget it!

- Why? - He won't believe a single word!

I kept a carton of cigarettes

once. He noticed right away.

He doesn't believe anybody.

The job with those Mercedes

was a kind of test.

To see if he could trust me. Shit.

How much was there in the bag?

- 100.000

- What?


See! I knew you wouldn't come up

with any Ideas. I always said

someday you wouldn't know what

to do. Not when you die. Sooner!

You said, ''Love can do everything.''

So find 100.000 marks in 20 minutes!

At 12 by the water tower around

the corner, Ronnie said. In 20 minutes.

Run away, Manni!

- No.

- Why not?

Nobody escapes Ronnie.

I'll go with you.

When Ronnie gets here in 20 minutes

I'll be a goner.

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Tom Tykwer

Tom Tykwer (German: [ˈtɪkvɐ]; born 23 May 1965) is a German film director, producer, screenwriter, and composer. He is best known internationally for directing the thriller films Run Lola Run (1998), Heaven (2002), Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006), and The International (2009). He collaborated with The Wachowskis as co-director for the science fiction film Cloud Atlas (2012) and the Netflix series Sense8 (2015–2018). more…

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