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The Princess and The Warrior (2000)

Cast: Franka Potente, Franka Potente, Benno Fürmann, more...
Director: Tom Tykwer, Tom Tykwer
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Studio: Columbia TriStar
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Romance, Germany
Running Time: 133 min.
Languages: German
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
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Director Tom Tykwer followed up his international hit Lola Rennt (Run Lola Run) with this drama, which also examines young people living on the edges of the law. Sisi (Franka Potente) is an attractive but withdrawn woman who works in a psychiatric clinic, while Bodo (Benno Fürmann) is looking to make some quick money after his recent release from the army. Bodo robs a gas station and is fleeing on foot when he accidentally causes Sisi to be hit by a truck. Realizing she's seriously injured, Bodo comes to Sisi's rescue and performs an emergency tracheotomy on her before he escapes again. Sisi, who is often pursued by men but shies away from their advances, finds that she longs to meet the mysterious Bodo again, and eventually tracks him down to a hideout he shares with his brother, Walter (Joachim Krol). Bodo and Walter angrily send Sisi away, but she unexpectedly encounters them when they pull a robbery at a bank where she's running an errand. Bodo and Walter are caught in a shoot-out with police, and Sisi helps to spirit Bodo away to the clinic where she works, trying to spare him the grim news that Walter was killed in the melee. In addition to serving as writer and director, Tom Tykwer also composed the musical score for The Princess and the Warrior in collaboration with Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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GreenCine Member Reviews

Mystical, Quirky Love Story by Bean October 18, 2005 - 9:13 AM PDT
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
I'm a huge Tom Tykwer fan, and this is my favorite of all his films. All his movies deal with fate and the mystical connections that draw isolated people together. In The Princess & The Warrior, the first intimate moment between Sissi and Bodo is unlike anything you've seen on film. From then on, unbeknownst to him, he becomes the catalyst that will change her life. In life, it often never makes sense why two people come together. I love how this film shows how a gentle and naive girl, raised in an irrational environment, is shaped by her own growing faith in her self and her dreams, which leads her to surprising but believable acts of feisty rebellion. It's a movie about the miraculous, without needing to resort to religious symbolism-- the characters already embody all the spiritual archetypes. There are many remarkably beautiful scenes, the soundtrack is gorgeous, and Franka Potente looks like an angel and does a superb acting job.

Weird but cool to watch by Fangs September 5, 2002 - 11:58 AM PDT
9 out of 9 members found this review helpful
This movie is interesting but very strange. The main characters names were Sissi and Bodo. This is a typical fairy tale in that some very improbable things happened, so that they could all "live happily ever after". The one that bothered me the most was when a friend just gave them a car, knowing that they would never return. Another one that surprised me was when a pond or a lake just appeared out of no where.

Sissi is lives and works on the nursing ward of a psychiatric hospital. She is kind and well loved by all. She is also resourceful and persistent. None the less, I am still unsure what qualifies her to be a princess. She leads a very hard life, nothing like that of a spoiled princess. Maybe she was supposed to be a Cinderella type princess, but then she would have had to hook up with a prince, not a warrior, in order to be a princess.

Bodo, an ex-soldier, is the warrior. He is often seen practicing hand to hand combat moves. He know emergency field medicine, he does a really gross tracheotomy. He has flashbacks and can shoot a gun, in short an excellent warrior.

The story itself is fairly standard, but the way it is told was compelling. You spend most of the movie trying to figure out what is going on. The choice of camera angles helped to make the movie interesting. Sometimes the weird shots told the story without words. This is a fun movie to see with a friend; because you'll need someone to talk to after it is over to try to figure out what happened.

Deeper than Lola by underdog April 25, 2002 - 10:51 PM PDT
12 out of 12 members found this review helpful
I was shocked to find I liked this better than "Run Lola Run," which I initially was wowed by but in subsequent viewings came to find it fairly shallow, like a hyped up video game. Twyker's follow-up, in my opinion, is superior -- it runs deeper, with more humanity and complexity at its core. Potente is as likeable as she was in "Lola." It's a very compelling film that almost demands to be watched a second time. He's a director to watch.

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