On the run

Endurance (1999), directed by Leslie Woodhead
Run Lola Run (1998), directed by Tom Tykwer

Like many people in my Chicago neighborhood, I like to run. Every evening my neighbors and I jog through the streets, our paths criss-crossing as we peek around corners and avoid cars, bicycles and other obstacles. Why do we run? Cultural critics might say that running reflects our collective self-obsession or our collective overachievement complex. We run to look good or because we hope that running will keep us fit and able to accomplish more. But I think there is something more significant at work—something two recent films can help us understand.

 

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