What are the themes in Run Lola Run?

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Run Lola Run is a great film. It's an interesting film because audiences essentially see the same movie three times in a row. Small changes occur here and there in each of Lola's attempts to rescue her boyfriend, and those small changes are related to a couple of themes. One theme is related to Edward Lorenz's famous "Butterfly Effect." Lorenz said it's possible that a single flap of a butterfly wing could change an entire weather pattern. In a similar way, Lola's run is changed ever so slightly from run to run and the results are drastically different each time. This film shows how even the slightest interactions with things and people can greatly affect them in time. Another theme is perseverance. Lola simply refuses to give up on saving her boyfriend. She carries on while injured, and even decides to run again after one of her runs gets her shot. The reason that Lola doesn't give up on Manni is due to her love and loyalty to him and the family unit that they are. All three of those things are thematic components of the movie as well.

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One theme seen in the film is that of loyalty. Lola's desperation and...

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