Lola has bright red hair and Manni appears in the bright yellow phone booth; both are colours that Tykwer uses to signify the danger that the characters are in.
Both characters are heard repeating the mantra ‘100,000 Marks’ from many different camera angles.
Lola receives a phone call from Manni asking for her help to replace 100,000 Marks that he has misplaced on the subway.
The money is for his gangster boss, who is certain to kill Manni if he doesn’t receive it.
There's speedup, instant replay, black and white, whatever.
And the story of Lola's 20-minute run is told three times, each time with small differences that affect the outcome and the fate of the characters.Tykwer’s fourth feature was a huge success in Germany and sparked what was considered to be a new era of German cinema.Functioning at an extremely high pace, the film reflects restlessness in a German society that had been through enormous change and that was preparing to embark on a new century.Movies about characters on the run usually involve a linear story ("The Fugitive" comes to mind), but this one is basically about running--and about the way that movie action sequences have a life and logic of their own.I would not want to see a sequel to the film, and at 81 minutes it isn't a second too short, but what it does, it does cheerfully, with great energy, and very well.The setup: Lola gets a phone call from her boyfriend Manni.He left a bag containing 100,000 deutsche marks on the subway, and a bum made away with it. Lola's desperate plan: Find the money somehow, somewhere, in 20 minutes. The director, a young German named Tom Tykwer, throws every trick in the book at us, and then the book, and then himself.I liked her, though I can't say I got to know her very well, and she is usually out of breath.She runs down sidewalks and the middle of streets, arms pumping, bright red hair flying, stomach tattoo wrinkling in time with her footsteps.Lola has 20 minutes to find the cash and reach Manni before he resorts to robbing a supermarket.The film portrays three varying narrative timelines of events where small choices made by Lola impact not only on Manni’s own fate but also all on those with whom she comes into contact.