Synopsis by Mark Deming
Two very different men fall for the same woman in this drama from Germany. Ben (Robert Gwisdek) is a bright, sharp-witted student in his early twenties who is busy finishing his master's degree. Ben is also confined to a wheelchair, and sometimes he intellectually overcompensates for his inability to walk. As Ben is completing work on his thesis, he's assigned an assistant, a medical student named Christian (Jacob Matschenz). Ben doesn't suffer fools gladly and is intimidating and demanding of his helpers, but Christian gives as good as he gets and the two develop a keen rapport. Their friendship is put to the test when Christian makes the acquaintance of Annika (Anna Brueggemann), a lovely music student who lives in the neighborhood. Ben has been admiring Annika from afar for some time, watching her with a spyglass as she practices her cello; once he finally meets her, she's impressed with his intelligence and his love of music and he begins to think they might have a future together. But when Christian begins dating Annika, he's drawn into a rivalry with his new friend, and Ben is forced to revisit the circumstances that cost him the use of his legs. Renn, Wenn Du Kannst (aka Run If You Can) was the first feature film from director Dietrich Bruggemann.
friendship, graduate-student, love-triangle, wheelchair