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''Lola rennt'' (known as ''Run, Lola, Run'' in English-speaking countries) is a 1998 German film. Unique and varied, the film is difficult to assign to any specific genre. Instead, think of this movie as a video game style exploration of love and fate that blends animation sequences with live footage, except that it's techno, fast, and features a red-haired German woman who spends most of the movie running.

After his girlfriend Lola's scooter is stolen, Manni, a courier for a crime boss, accidentally leaves 100,000 Deutschmarks on the subway, where it's stolen by a homeless man. He's dead if he doesn't bring it in, so he decides to rob a grocery store in order to make up for the loss. He helpfully informs Lola of this 20 minutes beforehand. Lola, whose father is a wealthy banker, decides to see if she can get Manni's money for him.

The film is perhaps most famous for its video game parallels: several times throughout the movie, Lola suddenly dies, and the story starts over, with Lola making subtly different decisions this time around that greatly affect the outcome.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Lola is one, especially when she gets hold of a gun, which forms a ChekhovsSkill.
* AnimatedCreditsOpening: The opening of the movie, and some scenes during the movie, are [[ArtShift changed into animated footage]]. For example, during one of the runs, Lola trips on the stairs past the man with the barking dog, the fall is shown is animated and it turns back into live-action when she lands on the floor.
* AntiRoleModel: Virtually everyone in the film, from the bike thief, moped thief, homeless thief, struggling unemployed criminals, vain unfaithful wife, workaholic unfaithful husband...
* AntiVillain: Arguably Lola and Manni, who are both apparently unrepentant smugglers, though shown sympathetically.
* ArcNumber: 20. Lola has twenty minutes to get the money, and 20 is the number she bets on at the casino.
* BigHeroicRun: Lola has twenty minutes to come up with one hundred thousand Marks, and her scooter was stolen prior to the intro. As a result, she is forced to get around Berlin by running.
* BigWhat: A furious Lola gives one to the woman in the bank in the second run before she robs it.
* BlindSeer: In the third loop the blind woman by the phone box knows, as if by magic, that the tramp with the money is about to cycle by.
* ChekhovsBoomerang: [[spoiler: Lola's glass-shattering screams. Used twice early on, then she uses it in the casino on her second bet and it seems to give her the win and earning her the money she needs to help Manni.]]
* ChekhovsSkill: ZigZagged. When Lola takes part in the armed robbery in the first loop, Manni tells her how to turn the safety catch of a gun off. In the second loop she "remembers" this for when she stages her own robbery at the bank.
* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: The colours of red and yellow appear in the film a lot to signify danger. Examples of red include Lola's hair, the phone, several cars, and a shop front Lola runs past early on in the runs. Examples of yellow include the phone booth, the tram, and the supermarket.
* CulturalTranslation: The English dub replaces the Deutschmarks with dollars.
* DeathByPragmatism: According to WordOfGod, the man on the moped who dies in the third loop is the same man who robbed Lola's moped earlier in the day so he gets his comeuppance.
* DeusExMachina: In the third run, [[spoiler:Lola misses her chance to talk to her father as Meyer is able to pick him up this time]], so she just keeps running. After not paying attention she nearly gets hit by a truck, which just so happens to be outside a casino.
* DramaticIrony: Lola runs past the bum that robbed the money not long after she leaves the house in the first two loops not knowing who he is.
* DramaticShattering: Whenever Lola screams, this happens. It happens once before she starts running, then again in the bank during the first run, [[spoiler:and a final time during the second spin of the roulette wheel in the third run.]]
* TheEnd: During the ending credits the word "Ende" scrolls by.
* EstablishingSeriesMoment: Lola's death is the moment where you realize this isn't an ordinary crime thriller.
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%%* {{Flashback}}: Each run is separated by an interlude involving Lola and Manni having conversations while lying in bed, presumably in the past.
* FamilyRelationshipSwitcheroo: "Besides, I could never have fathered a freak like you..." "Yeah but you did, jerk!" "[[TheReveal No I didn't!]]"
* FlashForward: The futures of some of the people Lola meets on her journeys are shown through {{Blipvert}}s, and the same people get different futures depending on the loop, and how their own minor interactions with Lola went. One old lady, who gets a Flash in each loop, was shown to lose custody of her child and kidnap another baby, win the lottery and live a life of decadence, or become a devout Catholic depending on whether Lola bumped into her or not.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** When the phone lands after Lola tosses it away in the first run, a cartoon image of [[spoiler:the croupier from the casino in the third run]] appears briefly. Right afterwards Lola is trying to decide where to go the camera spins around her as people flash by, this foreshadows the [[spoiler: roulette win in the final loop]]. You can even hear [[spoiler:the sound of a roulette ball landing in a pocket]] when she finally decides on her father.
** Before Lola starts running in the first run, you see Lola's father shake his head. [[spoiler:This tells the audience right away he is not going to give her the money she needs.]]
** In the second run of the film when Lola robs the bank, you can see the security guard having chest pains. [[spoiler: In the third run, Lola hitches a ride in the ambulance and finds the same security guard having suffered a heart attack.]]
* ForWantOfANail: The differences in the three timelines are caused by various minor events that cumulatively slow down or hurry Lola's journey. In a more focused manner, when Lola impacts someone's life, the audience sees a quick few polaroids of how their life changed as a result of the incident.
** Also, if Lola's moped hadn't been stolen, the events of the film wouldn't have happened.
* GroundhogDayLoop: The film's events loop over and over until Lola stops getting the {{Downer Ending}}s.
* HappyMarriageCharade: Lola's 'parents', who are both cheating on each other.
** Even Lola's dad's ''mistress'' cheated on him.
* IAmNotYourFather: Lola's Papa reveals to her that he is not her father when he asks him for money in the first loop.
* JustInTime: In the second run, Lola arrives at the intersection literally ''three seconds earlier'' than in the first run, which is just early enough for Manni to hear her and not go rob the supermarket.
* KarmaHoudini:
** Though they're portrayed as the heroes of the piece, Lola and Manni need the money in the first place as they are both accomplices in a diamond smuggling operation. However, in the third loop they get away scot free (and with 100,000 Marks!).
** When Lola's father swerves into the wrong lane to avoid Manni and the homeless man running across the road, he crashes into a white BMW, which is then hit from behind by the moped thief who stole Lola's scooter (setting the whole plot in motion). However, while Lola's father and Mr. Meyer are knocked unconscious and the moped driver seems to be dead, the only people unharmed are the occupants of the BMW... Manni's crime boss and his underlings.
* LaserGuidedKarma: The "good" ending is the only one in which Lola doesn't try armed robbery. In the same run, the man riding the moped and involved in the car crash is apparently the same man who stole Lola's moped, so he gets his comeuppance in the end.
* LoveTranscendsSpacetime: See "The Power of Love," below.
* MagicCountdown: None of the 20-minute runs actually last 20 minutes in film time (counting from when Lola starts running from her room to the moment the clock strikes noon). The first run takes almost exactly 15 minutes, and the second a little more than 16. The last run takes about 18 and a half.
** In the first run, when Lola asks the old lady for the time, it's 11:57. A minute later, Manni looks up at the wall clock and it's also 11:57.
** When Lola arrives at the bank during the second run, the clock reads 11:52. Eight minutes later, she's still at the bank, taking the money from the teller.
* MagicRealism: Lola appears to have screams that can shatter glass as well as possible powers of being able to persuade people to do things for her. She also remembers certain things she learned in separate loops.
* MakeMeWannaShout: Lola's shouting can shatter glass.
* MediumAwareness: In the third loop, [[spoiler: Lola arrives at the bank just after her father has left. While she's watching him drive away, the security guard comes outside for a smoke and says "About time you showed up." He and Lola then have a moment of contemplation as they realize what he just said.]]
* TheMistress: Lola's father has one. In the first loop, he agrees to leave his family for her and raise his illegitimate child. In the second loop, where Lola is a little slower, he learns that he's actually ''not'' the father of the child and explodes at his mistress.
* OhCrap: Manni in the intro flashback when he realises he left the money bag on the train, which gets worse when he is unable to get back on the train before it departs.
** Lola gets one after robbing the bank in the second run, as when she bursts outside, armed police have surrounded the building. Fortunately for her, the police don't realise she is the culprit and she is able to get out of there.
** [[spoiler:Manni again in the second run just before the ambulance hits him.]]
* OneTrueLove: The concept of there being one true love in a person's life is discussed in one of the interludes, where Lola and Manni consider what would happen to the other person if one of them died:
--> '''Manni:''' [''...''] And then a man with these really big green eyes shows up at the door... And he's so super cool and compassionate, and he'll listen to you talk your heart out all night long until your ears drop off ... Then you'd hop into his lap, cross me off your list, and that'll be the end of me!
--> ''Lola:'' But Manni... you're not about to die.
* PoliceAreUseless: In the first loop, a police officer accidentally shoots Lola. In the second, the police doesn't bother her, presumably because of her innocuous appearance.
** They may have mistaken her for a hostage/bystander since she had no weapons [[spoiler: due to dropping her gun inside]] or thought she was part of the cleaning staff, due to coming out with a trashbag in hand. (Said trashbag holding the stolen money in it)
* RealTime: Although the 20-minute runs don't last that long, this trope occurs when the time actually matters. In the first run where the clock is constantly being referenced, the last 3 minutes of the clock take 2 minutes and 51 seconds to run. The last minute takes about 63 seconds.
** In the next two runs, the time doesn't matter quite as much. The last 3 minutes take 1 minute and 50 seconds in the second run, and 3 minutes and 48 seconds in the last run.
* RecycledInSpace: The American independent film ''Film/AndThenCameLola'' is ''Run Lola Run'' [[foldercontrol]]

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* RuleOfCool: Do we really care ''why'' Lola is looping and ''why'' she is able to learn things from certain loops and ''why'' her screams can shatter glass? No, not really. It's just cool.
* RuleOfThree: The film's three loops. The first time, they get the money by robbing the supermarket, but Lola is shot in the chest. The second time, she gets the money by robbing her father's bank, [[spoiler:but Manni is run down by the ambulance.]] The third time, [[spoiler:she wins big at a casino and Manni recovers the money he lost at the start of the film.]]
%%* SexlessMarriage: Lola's 'parents'.
%%* ShootTheShaggyDog: The second run's ending. [[spoiler: Lola managed to get the money so Manni's boss won't kill him, but then Manni gets run over by an ambulance as she reaches him.]]
* SheetOfGlass: In the second run, the ambulance Lola tries to hitch a ride on runs through a pane of glass. The delay causes the driver to hurry and [[spoiler:run over Manni in the street.]] In the third run, the ambulance is able to stop in time.
* ShoutOut: To the movie ''Film/{{Vertigo}}'': the use of spirals and there is also a painting in the casino which was painted to look like the shots of the back of Kim Novak's head.
** Lola's ability to shatter glass by screaming is almost certainly a ShoutOut to Literature/TheTinDrum.
* SplitScreen: Used throughout the film. Happens twice when Lola is on her way to Manni in both the first and second runs, and the screen is split into three to show Manni, Lola, and the clock about to hit twelve.
* SplitScreenPhoneCall: When Manny and Lola talk on the phone.
* WealthyEverAfter: In the final loop, [[spoiler:Lola wins 129,600 Marks, the approximate equivalent of 66,000 euros, at the casino to make up for the money Manni lost at the start of the movie. However, Manni ''also'' manages to recover the lost money and get it to his crime boss without any further problems.]]
* WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve: Manni has to meet Ronnie at twelve o'clock to get the money to him, and thus, Lola has to get the money by then, or else Ronnie will kill Manni for failing him.
* YouHaveFailedMe: Averted. Manni is understandably terrified that Ronnie will kill him thanks to this trope for losing the money by accident, but fortunately in the third loop he retrieves it and gets the money to Ronnie in time.
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