Summer flix fix: Lola Rennt
Color me mundane, but I think the thing rocks. I went to see it on opening weekend at a Yupscale cinematheque, where they were playing The Red Violin on their second screen. But that picture was sold out, and a few stragglers came to Lola Rennt as Plan B. Imagine going to see The Red Violin…expecting The Red Violin…anticipating The Red Violin…but getting rock and roll and Lola Rennt instead. It was one of the very few times in my life when I was with an audience that gasped in unison during those high octane moments.
I have a Netflix friend who rates the movie one sad little star. I can’t fathom that at all. I think Lola Rennt is a wonderful experiment in character, editing, animation, music and photography, where a trite story is acknowledged as such but then mined from every conceivable angle — but never taking itself seriously. When I first saw it, I had absolutely no idea what it was about, which may be the best way to go. If I went in expecting anything, the distraction would’ve been too great.
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