A fun movie; pointless, really, but all style, with an interesting
This is a German movie (it sounded German, to me, anyway), with
English subtitles. Sometimes they speak so fast, as European tongues
can, that the subtitles had trouble keeping up!
The story is a very simple, twenty minute run, that repeats twice
more with little things that go different as Lola runs into either a slight
delay, or gets slightly ahead of herself.
Lola's boyfriend, Manni, did a job for the mob, and was paid
100000 marks for the cars he transferred. But he left the money in
a bag on the subway, and he is a dead man without being able to pay back
the mob. So he calls Lola, who was responsible for him having to
take the subway in the first place, because she was late picking him up.
He knows that a bum took the money, but there is nothing he can do about
Lola decides to run to her father, manager of a bank, to ask
for the money. On the way, she is frightened by a neighbour's dog
in the stairway of her apartment, she bumps into a woman with a baby in
a carriage, refuses to buy a bike from a man on the street, causes a car
crash (the guy is beaten up by the guys whose car he crashed in to), and
catches her father in a conversation with his lover. She is in the
process of telling him that she is going to have a baby, and would he really
want to be a father. He throws Lola out, realizing that he will have
a new family, which isn't defective, so she runs to where Manni is waiting,
about to rob a grocery store. She runs down the street, bumps into
the bum, and watches an ambulance barely miss hitting a team crossing the
street with a very large pane of glass. The driver offers her a lift,
but she refuses. She is slightly late again, and he is in the process
of robbing the store when she arrives, so she helps him. They get
away, but are trapped in alley, where Lola gets shot.
The fun part was in the style. Every time Lola crosses
paths with somebody, we get to see what happens to them because of this
contact, in a series of rapid still shots. Some of these are tragic,
and could be caused by, for example, the woman's annoyance at being run
into. She ends up losing her child later.
As Lola is dying, she tries the situation again from the start,
and we get to live through it a second time. The neighbour trips
Lola going down the stairs, so she is a couple of seconds later than she
was the last time, and she has a limp for a few minutes. She still
runs into the woman with the baby carriage, whose life ends up being different,
too. She still refuses to buy the bike off the man, but doesn't have
a conversation with him, so he ends up getting beaten up by the people
from whom he stole it. She has made up time, so instead of the car
accident occurring in the front of the car, one car hits the side of the
other. The man still ends up in serious trouble.
Whereas before, we got to know what kind of snake her father
was, telling her that she wasn't even his, now he gets his payback, because
Lola is a couple of seconds late. The lover tells him that she would
like to have the baby with him... but the baby isn't his! Ha!
What a shaft! So Lola barges in on him having a tantrum. She
tells him what she wants, but he dismisses her. So she robs the bank,
taking a lesson on gunfire from her previous experience robbing the grocery
store. She runs toward Manni, again bumping into the bum, and asks
the ambulance driver for a lift, but he waves her away... and so doesn’t
see the pane of glass, and he drives right through it. Great scene!
Lola runs on, and reaches Manni just before he enters the store to rob
it. He is so happy and surprised to see her that he stands right
in the middle of the street... and is hit by the ambulance and killed.
She is so distraught that she tries the escapade again.
This time she jumps a flight of stairs, completely avoiding the neighbour
and his dog. She just gets a shake of the head from the woman with
the carriage, because she doesn't get bowled over. She tells the
bike guy that his bike is stolen, so the guy gets off the road, and ends
up selling it to the bum. Lola ends up on the hood of the car, which
stops instead of getting into an accident. She knows the man.
In fact, the man is going to lunch with her father. He arrives just
before the father's lover can tell him that the baby isn't his, and so
Lola sees her dad leave just before she arrives. What can she do?
She has no money. She can't save Manni.
But Manni sees the bum riding the bike, and gives chase, finally
pinning him down with his gun. During the chase, they pass Lola's
father and his lunchmate, causing them to get into a car accident with
exactly the same car the man would have hit because of Lola! I guess
some things are just fate.
Meanwhile Lola is almost hit by a big truck, just in front of
the casino. She is lucky at the wheel once, and she screams a piercing
scream to win on her winnings, all on the lucky twenty (each episode takes
about twenty minutes). So she ends up with the money, and Manni ends
up with the money.
Lola races to the grocery store, hitching a ride on the ambulance
when it stops in front of the glass pane. The man inside (who I think
is her father's lunchmate) is dying, but she takes his hand and he stabilizes.
She arrives at the corner where she is to meet Manni, and sees him getting
out of the mob boss' car, with a stiff handshake and a congratulatory pat
on the shoulder.
At the very end, Manni asks her what is in the plastic bag she
brought from the casino.
It was fun, but all style. Even the style was a bit ragged,
but it was fun to try and anticipate what would be different because of
Lola's contact with the people, and especially the different situations
that a couple of seconds makes. I would recommend seeing this movie
for that, but I wouldn't go to see it again. Once is enough.