Run Lola Run Essay

924 Words Aug 3rd, 2013 4 Pages
In hat way does the distinctively visual influence your understanding of people and the events within texts?

Distinctively visual texts aim to manipulate the we perceive images critically affecting our interpretation of events and people we meet in our lives. Distinctively visual techniques are utilised in the ‘Run Lola Run’ directed by Tom Tykwer and the picture book ‘Red Tree’ written by Sean Tan. The way the distinctively visual is shown throughout these texts is through the use of motifs, different angle shots, colours, lighting and reading paths. These techniques aim to show the important themes in both texts such as time, hope and love.

In ‘Run Lola Run’ time is shown to be an important theme right from the beginning. We
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There is a beam of light coming from the door along the ground and ending at what looks like the beginning of a big red tree. In this picture it looks like the little red leaf that has always symbolised hope has blossomed and the girl is smiling. This shows how through the distinctively visual you can change peoples understanding of events and moods and how over time situations can change and be healed.

In one of the extracts we were shown we see Tykwer uses distinctively visual techniques to show us Lola’s determination to save Manny. He utilises the use of a split screen with a close up shot of Manny and a close up tracking shot of Lola running to show how Lola is running towards him to try and save him. Then we hear the ticking of a clock and the top half of a clock comes onto the bottom of the screen to show how Lola is running out of time to save Manny. This is another example of how clocks are a reoccurring motif to symbolise time being overwhelming. This scene also demonstrates the love that Lola has for Manny and her determination to never give up trying to save him. This distinctively visual technique is utilised to hep show the audience that even with Lola’s everlasting love she is unable to change time and Manny slowly slips away from her, making himself unsaveable.

This is similar to picture 4 in Sean Tan’s book ‘The Red Tree’ where we see the girl who seems to be trapped inside a
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