Last night, I had the pleasure of watching the German film Lola Rennt, or Run Lola Run. The movie stars Franka Potente as Lola trying to save the life of her man Manni, played by Moritz Bleibtreu. The interesting notes about this movie lies in the filming and the questions raised by the film.
First, the filming.
The movie leaves you almost breathless as you watch Potente run through the streets of some unspecified German city. As she runs, the mixture of ancient and modern flash across the screen, hinting at the foundational philospphical conflict. Adding to the ancient-modern dichotomy, there is the real-unreal portrayed by Tykwer with a small mix of animation in place of Potente. This is all played out after the opening posits several deep philosophical questions about the nature of life, conflict and resolution, epistomology, etc. What you have by Tykwer is the acting out of a series of post-modern answers to these questions.
The questions raised resonate deeply within many in our culture. How can we know what love is? Or if we even love? What significance does our actions have upon my life, your life, the life of anyone else? Is there personal responsibility? These questions have taken many men their entire lives to answer. A resource for a discussion guide is at the following link at Ransom Fellowship.
Solo Deo Gloria,
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