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[[Performer~P222772~Tom Tykwer~tomtykwer]] directed this German thriller in which Manni ([[Performer~P195239~Moritz Bleibtreu~moritzbleibtreu]]) handled a smuggling job, delivered the loot, collected the payment, left the bag on the subway, and now has 20 minutes to gather 100,000 deutsche marks or confront the wrath of his boss, local criminal Ronnie ([[Performer~P200015~Heino Ferch~heinoferch]]). Desperate, Manni phones his girlfriend Lola ([[Performer~P263424~Franka Potente~frankapotente]]) who immediately runs downstairs and through Berlin streets to the bank run by her father ([[Performer~P142974~Herbert Knaup~herbertknaup]]). However, she's rejected and leaves minus money. When she goes to meet Manni, he's holding up a supermarket, and she's shot by the cops. In a destiny device familiar to readers of Ken Grimwood's acclaimed novel Replay, the story begins anew with different outcomes. In one version, Lola robs the bank and takes her father hostage; in another, there's casino cash to be won. All Lola-Manni scenes were in 35mm, while scenes without them were shot in video. Other cinematic techniques on display here include whip pans, jump cuts, slow and fast motion, split-screen, intercut color and black and white, segment titles, and animation. Shown at 1998 film fests (Venice, Montreal, Toronto). ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

  • Release date:August 20, 1998


Awarded by
Independent Spirit Awards Tom Tykwer Best Foreign Film 1999 Winner


Franka Potente
as Lola
Moritz Bleibtreu
as Manni
Herbert Knaup
as Lola's Father
Armin Rohde
as Mr. Schuster
Joachim Krol
as Norbert von Au
Nina Petri
as Jutta Hansen
Heino Ferch
as Ronnie
Lars Rudolph
as Herr Kruse
Ludger Pistor
as Herr Meier


Tom Tykwer
Stefan Arndt
Tom Tykwer
Frank Griebe
Reinhold Heil
Composer (Music Score)
Tom Tykwer
Composer (Music Score)
Johnny Klimek
Composer (Music Score)
Mathilde Bonnefoy
Alexander Manasse
Production Designer
Maria Kopf
Executive Producer
Alexander Manasse
Set Designer
Monika Jacobs
Costume Designer
Frank Behnke
Sound/Sound Designer
Ralph Brosche
Production Manager
Maria Kopf
Line Producer
Matthias Lempert
Sound Editor