Friday, December 18, 2009

Run Lola Run (Lola Rennt) by Tom Tykwer, film and architecture appreciation

category: Architecture and Film

film index: 79

relationship with architecture:
the space and time sequencing of the film is important to study contemporary architecture, specially the multiple reality of the sequences destroys common notion of story telling.
study subject in:
"film+architecture" Course, Harvard Design School. (click HERE for syllabus)

film: Run Lola Run (Lola Rennt)
director: Tom Tykwer
writers: Tom Tykwer
production: Germany
release: 20 August 1998
playtime: 76 mins
visual: colour
Language: German, English, Japanese
Genre: Puzzle
Cast: Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu


Description and download:

Lola rennt or Run Lola Run as we say it, is a German thriller written and directed by Tom Tykwer. This Film will contrast your emotions as it shows you how one little event in somebody's life can change there's, and other peoples lives forever. This rollercoaster ride of emotions will keep you gripped all the way through as it jumps from soft, dimly lit emotional scenes, to the completely contrasting scenes of running and constant action.

The music used in this film complements the scenes very well, when it's a slow scene our ears are graced with soft classical music like when Lola is falling to the ground in a slow motion shot. The complete opposite of this is used in the fast paced running scenes, as we get pounded by constant techno beats. I believe that the director has used techno to try and get us inside Lola's head as she is running and stressing about Manni and all the other events that happen throughout this amazing film.

Lola's Determination to save her boyfriend Manni is very well projected as she enters the bank that her father runs, and throughout the three different versions of the story uses different techniques to try and save him. This involvement with the characters and the three different storylines is very unique to this style of film. I think that the actors have delivered a very memorable and exciting performance which will leave viewers wanting to watch the film over and over again.

Throughout the film, Lola bumps into people, talks to them, or simply passes them by, and the sound of a camera flash warming up can be heard. Their resulting futures are then conveyed in a series of still frames. The futures are widely divergent from encounter to encounter. In one scenario, a woman whom Lola accidentally bumps into remains poor and kidnaps an unattended baby after her child was taken away by social workers. In another scenario the woman wins the lottery and becomes rich. In the third scenario, the woman experiences a religious conversion. The sound of the camera flash warming up is repeated a final time at the end of the film, when Lola smiles at Manni's question about what's in her bag.

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