Run Lola Run (1998) directed by Tom Tykwer, uses different narrative features throughout the film in helping develop the idea that time is in control when you’re against reality. Through conflict, the struggling choices and problems characters face throughout their journey, we watch Lola have conflict with time as she tries to save her boyfriend Manni. Tracking shot is used along with non-diegetic sounds to help further understand Lola’s conflict with time. As tracking shot follows Lola running to Manni from many different angles, non-deigetic sound (music) is used to create the effect of time following her. At some points the mood of the music would be up beat and fast, whereas at some points it would slow down. This reflects not only time but also her thoughts of how much time she has left.

The purpose of this is to indicate that Lola is fighting against time in order to save Manni, it shows us that time can be your enemy especially in life-threatening situations. This is important because the conflict shows that Lola’s full attention is on the fact that she needs to save Manni no matter how little time she has, she almost tries to beat time itself. This explains to us that Lola is a strong character who will fight against anything to save the one’s she loves.

In Exposition, giving an idea of the background story between a character, setting or event, it also develops the main idea that is time is in control when you’re against reality. The exposition in Run Lola Run is once Manni hangs up the phone and Lola only has a short amount of time to figure out how to save Manni, we watch her think through certain people who can help her all while looking at a clock. Editing pace is used to speed up the short cuts between Lola and her surrounding objects along with people’s faces to show that she is trying to find a way that will save him. The fast cuts tell the audience that Lola is under pressure as she only has a small amount of time to think of something. Non-diegetic sounds creates a mood in the scene as fast pace music is heard only with the whispering of each persons name that Lola thinks of. All these fast motions contribute to time.

The purpose of this is that Lola is using her time wisely as she only has 20 minutes to save Manni. It creates pressure not only on Lola but the also the audience so they feel as though they’re with her. We watch her think fast and quickly to create a plan to save Manni which is important to us because it explains that Lola is determined to fight against time to save Manni no matter the punishment or ending result.

Overall, through exposition and conflict we are taught the idea that time is in control when you’re against reality. We are shown this through Lola’s determination of saving Manni under a short time. This explains to us that anything is possible if you put your mind to it and that time itself can be your enemy at the worst of times.





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