Lola must sprint across a German town trying to raise money to pay off her lame boyfriend’s mafia debt or else he threatens to rob a shop.Lola fails but somehow gets a second and even third chance. Whether these are dreams, acts or god or parallel universes is never explained. Each repeat of her kinetic, techno music powered trip is slightly different and the chaotic ripples end up altering the lives of everyone involved. The extremely clever original technique succeeds brilliantly and on each repeat viewers must pick up the minute differences and try to guess how this will affect that particular scenario.
It's not often that I can sit though virtually the same short film 3 times but this adrenalin pumping unusual film is easily watchable a third time. Its also great to see a film that doesn’t churn out overused top 40 back catalogue commercial music or repetitive Hollywood orchestral sound bytes and instead taps into the increasingly popular techno music and uses its pace and energy to amplify the Lola and the film’s impressive energy.It will be interesting to see what director Tom Tykwer’s next film is like. (Gawain McLachlan--filmnet.org.au)