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“Lola, what would you do if I were to die now?” [Manni]
on 19 August 2016
In this 1998 thriller, Lola (Franka Potente) receives a frantic phone call from her boyfriend, Manni (Moritz Bleibtreu), a small-time criminal who has lost his bosses 100,000 marks because Lola failed to show at a rendezvous. Lola then realises she has 20 minutes before Manni robs a supermarket to get the money.
The basic premise is that Lola relives her 20 minutes in an effort to change the outcome of events. The good things about this are it plays in real time, uses some split screen to illustrate simultaneous action, uses slo-mo all round photography a year before the Matrix and changes small details each time the scene is replayed so it never becomes repetitive. Full of minor details like the baby snatcher, a pushbike thief and many other background characters who all seem irrelevant but who actually all play a part, it’s a novel approach that really pulls this above the average, especially with the dynamic soundtrack.
The main menu offers languages/audio set up [English 5.1 or German 5.1 default], subtitles [English on/off], scene selection, extra features [theatrical trailer, director & cast commentary on/off, Believe -music video, talent profiles] and play. Rated 15, this does have some infrequent swearing [including the F word] but no sex or nudity, although there are some scenes of flashing imagery. If you speak German, view with the German soundtrack or use the English subtitles, as the German sound is clearer and slightly louder and the subtitles are not very intrusive. Whichever you watch, I found the time seemed much shorter than the 90 minutes. Highly recommended if you like films with a time travel twist such as ‘Groundhog Day’  or ‘Sliding Doors’ [also 1998], Even if the main characters are actually anti-heroes, you just can't help rooting for them.