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What’s It About?Reflections on Tom Tykwer’s Run Lola RunBarrie WilsonProfessor, Religious Studies, York University, TorontoIntroduction Turning points. Choices. Circumstances. Chance. What determines our behaviour and our destiny? That’s what this film series concerns. What governs our actions? Do we? Are we in control of our lives through the decisions we make? Run Lola Run is an excellent place to begin for it raises many of the issues we will examine in the course of this film series. Run Lola Run was directed by Tom Tykwer1 who also wrote the script and composed much of the music. Released in 1998, it stars Franka Potente as Lola and Moritz Bleibtreu as Manni. Franka also had a hand in composing some of the background lyrics along with Tom Tykwer. More recently Tom Tykwer has directed Paris, Je T’Aime (2006) as well as Perfume: the Story of a Murderer (2006). Run Lola Run presents a life-threatening situation with three alternate endings. This may delight, intrigue, annoy or just f...