main index




Topical Tropes

Other Categories

TV Tropes Org
Kickstarter Message
TV Tropes Needs Your Help
Big things are happening on TV Tropes! New admins, new designs, fewer ads, mobile versions, beta testing opportunities, thematic discovery engine, fun trope tools and toys, and much more - Learn how to help here and discuss here.
View Kickstarter Project
Analysis: Run, Lola, Run

Roulette is the dominant visual metaphor in the film.

In the beginning, just after Lola hangs up the phone she is confused about where to find help. An animated croupier reaches in from off screen and literally spins her through the options. as the spin slows, the croupier calls out "no more bets," Lola settles on Papa and runs down the stairwell. She is shown in animated form spiraling down counterclockwise while the stairwell counterrotates (the roulette ball and wheel spin on opposite directions with the ball spiraling downwards). As she runs down the stairwell she alternately is scared by, or trips over, or avoids a dog with a diamond-spiked collar (a roulette wheel has diamond-shaped spikes set into it to trip the ball; they are actually called "dogs"). As we return to live action, Lola is clad in a silver top (the ball), and runs through a world dominated by red, black, and yellow colors (the colors of the slots and wooden surface of a roulette wheel) Every outcome seems to trace back to what she did on encountering the dog. The universe here operates by the same rules as the roulette wheel; and if you can influence your outcome in the world, we learn in the last act, so can you influence the outcome in a game of chance.

The RoomAnalysisRWBY

TV Tropes by TV Tropes Foundation, LLC is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from
Privacy Policy