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"The ball is round, the game lasts 90 minutes, everything else is pure theory. Off we go!"

arunlolarunabol4.jpgRun Lola Run begins with this quote from German football coach, Sepp Herberger. What I love about this quote is that it nicely describes both the limits of human knowledge and the artificial nature of our constructed reality.

Even though games (like football, chess, politics, stock investment, war, etc.) are circumscribed by rules of convention and laws of nature, we engage in them not knowing what the outcome might be. What we know is much less than what we don't know.

Secondly, much of what we "know" is artificial. The game is 90 minutes... why? Because we have defined it as such and we agree that it is so. If we do not agree then we aren't playing the same game.

The ball is round. Anything can happen.

40 for 40, #25


this is good movie! i like this. tnx mr tam tykwer

I think the point is we have a limited amount of time. It's a metaphor.


That's a very modern thing to say about a postmodern movie. There's more to it. Ironic1 gets it.


I guess we aren't playing the same game.

I have renewed interest in this movie since learning about the Many Worlds interpretation of quantum physics.

It's not Anything can happen. It's Everything does happen!

Pardon the snarkiness of my previous post.

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