The Princess and the Warrior (Sous-titres français) [Import]
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From the director (Tom Tykwer) and star (Franka Potente) of the internationally acclaimed, fast-paced smash hit, Run Lola Run, comes a startling fresh and compelling romantic drama that will leave you breathless. When shy, beautiful nurse Sissi is the victim of a horrible car accident, a handsome small-time criminal miraculously saves her life. When she recovers, Sissi sets out to find him and discovers a violent man with a conflicted past and dangerous future. Soon, the two meet again in the middle of a deadly bank robbery, and Sissi realizes her fate is pre-destined. Or is it?
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Meanwhile Bodo and his brother are planning a bank heist and desperately wish that Sissi would leave them both alone, even to the point of throwing her out in the middle of a rain storm. But Sissi is relentless to reach out to the disturbed Bobo and the demons that lay in his head.
There is little doubt that this is a dark and twisted film -- but at the same time it is entertaining and engrossing. The character development is finely executed resulting in a finely tuned film full of action, emotion, and depth. It's a shame that I never heard of this DVD only until recently. Why? It truly deserves more publicity and praise. Highly recommended.
Potente carries the film with her portrayal of a sanitorium nurse, Sissi. She is a strong lead and can show a great range of emotions. The character of Bodo Riemer, played by Führmann, also gave a great performance as an ex-soldier who is recovering from the death of his wife. He is emotionally distant, and has fallen into a life of crime. A freak accident brings the two together, and Bodo ends up saving Sissi's life. After Sissi's long recovery, she sets out to find Bodo, believing that they are meant to be together. Bodo cannot move on from his past, and Sissi is rejected many times.
This movie is not a typical boy-meets-girl romance, rather, it is about fate, and how things can change in a split second. I highly recommend this film!
The plot was intricately constructed, all scenes linked, all characters having a history and purpose. The characters, you care about them, you are invested in them. (One of my major complaints about the majority of US films.) It's often difficult to describe films like this, because you don't want to give away the plot, but even so, the film's message transcends a plot fulfillment. It has an epic feel, without being an epic, because the characters are transformed both within and outward, a magnitude of understanding transgressed, yet the plot moves briskly. Chaos and reconstruction, on all fronts, plenty of fodder for thought. For those who like to think, and those who enjoy a good "suspense drama," this was a wonderfully executed plan, a hybrid of "Run Lola Run" and "Heaven" in theme and style.
(P.S. might I facetiously add, the main guy has beautifully rich blue eyes, an intensity mixed with confused innocence, and the most absurdly hot life-saving maneuver I have ever seen in a movie.)
4 1/2 of 5 stars.
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Run Lola Run would be a hard act to follow, but German actress Franka Potente has out done herself again. Read morePublished on June 15 2004
This is an excellen movie from Tom Tykwer after the Run lola movie. Franka and Benno Fuermann are very good actors and make the watcher believe every part they play. Read morePublished on June 12 2004 by Martin Dringer
This is a wonderful, but slightly disturbing movie. The translation is not that good, but do-able. Wonderful acting and character development. A MUST see. And buy.Published on May 5 2004
This film is beautiful and transcendent. In all aspects, this art is of the highest caliber and deepest significance.Published on April 30 2004 by Netta
Before I saw The Princess and the Warrior I had certain expectations because I had been a fan of director Tom Tykwer's masterpiece Run Lola Run. Read morePublished on March 3 2004 by joyolivia
Immpressive: a one word summary for this movie.
After seeing Potente in "Run Lola Run" and "The Bourne Identity" (the movie that got her noticed in... Read more
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