Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Run Lola Run

They named the movie "Run Lola Run" - and boy does she run! The only times she stops are for catching her breath. Prior to watching the movie, I never expected a German movie to be so deep. There is no bias, I just didn't expect it. Another notable thing was the accuracy of the voice-over. It almost feels like the actors are speaking in English.

The movie explores the fact that seemingly trivial decisions we make affect our lives profoundly. There was already a Hollywood movie that explored the same aspect, but in a different screenplay. "Run Lola Run" tells that a decision made in time, depending on what the decision is, has it's consequences for your life. It goes a step further - a decision you make affects the other in very subtle ways. The movie actually tries something novel - by extrapolating the life sequences of several people for different scenarios of decisions Lola makes while she runs. I am deliberately being ambiguous so that I don't give the plot away.

Between Run Lola Run and Sliding Doors, I feel the latter is more accurate. However, Run Lola Run makes a very important point. A decision made in time alters the specifics of your outer world. Again, you affect your surroundings in very subtle ways. Something that is a fundamental premise of Spirituality. In that sense, this movie is very deep. Sliding Doors says that the overall direction in towards which your life moves depends on the orientation of your consciousness. Watch both movies - you'll be glad you did!

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