Excerpt From “Run Lola Run” Essay

Throughout the film a constant invocation arises of chaos theory—the concept of a system whose workings and processes are intensely dependent upon specific internal conditions: when such conditions change, even in the slightest, the processes change—often considerably.  This is often referred to as the “butterfly effect”, after Edward Lorenz’s famous analogy of a butterfly flapping its wings, in theory, determining the outcomes of storm patterns on the opposite end of the Earth.  At any rate, the essence of this aspect of chaos theory, when applied to philosophy of life—as this film does—is that the slightest decision an individual makes (however unconsciously) can and quite possibly would have a lasting impact on major elements in the system said individual partook in, at the very least, for the duration of the choice.


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