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The Princess and the Warrior (2000)
"Der Krieger und die Kaiserin" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Romance  |  12 October 2000 (Germany)
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Young nurse Sissi lives a secluded life, seemingly entirely devoted to her patients at Birkenhof asylum. Her first encounter with ex-soldier and drifter Bodo has a lasting impact. He causes... See full summary »

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Joachim Król ...
Walter
Lars Rudolph ...
Steini
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Otto (as Melchior Beslon)
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Werner
Christa Fast ...
Sigrun
Susanne Bredehöft ...
Zewil
Gottfried Breitfuss ...
Paul (as Gottfried Breitfuß)
Steffen Scheumann ...
Bruno (as Steffen Schult)
Rolf Dennemann ...
Dieter
Ali Nejat-Nouei ...
Ali
Sybille J. Schedwill ...
Maria (as Sybille Jacqueline Schedwill)
Peter Ender ...
Thomas
Friederike Frerichs ...
Corinna
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Young nurse Sissi lives a secluded life, seemingly entirely devoted to her patients at Birkenhof asylum. Her first encounter with ex-soldier and drifter Bodo has a lasting impact. He causes an accident that results in her lying under a truck, unable to breathe. While he provides life-saving first aid, mesmerized Sissi begins to wonder whether he may be the man of her dreams. But when she tracks him down weeks later her affection is rejected, as Bodo is stuck somewhere between a traumatic past and a criminal future. Written by Armin Ortmann <armin@sfb288.math.tu-berlin.de>

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Irgendwo da draußen wartet die Liebe

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Drama | Mystery | Romance

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Rated R for disturbing images, language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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$51,426 (USA) (22 June 2001)

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$871,058 (USA) (23 November 2001)
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The German title "Der Krieger und die Kaiserin" translates as "The Warrior and the Empress", but Tykwer wanted the English title to be "The Princess and the Warrior" instead. See more »

Goofs

When Bodo is being interviewed by the doctor in the psychiatric ward, the doctor pours a glass of mineral water for Bodo, and sets the bottle down on the desk, with the label at an angle to the camera view. In the next shot, the bottle is turned so that the label is nearly directly facing the camera view. (The water happens to be Apollinaris mineral water, which is sourced from a spring in Bad Neuenahr, Germany.) See more »

Quotes

Simone 'Sissi' Schmidt: You have to decide.
Bodo Riemer: Decide?
Simone 'Sissi' Schmidt: I am going to leave. You can come with me.
Bodo Riemer: Why the two of us?
Simone 'Sissi' Schmidt: I had a dream. We where together in my dream. We were brother and sister, mother and father, wife and husband and... both of us were both.
Bodo Riemer: You're crazy.
Simone 'Sissi' Schmidt: Yes. Of course. Maybe it's all wrong. But I thought it was happiness.
Bodo Riemer: I don't believe in happiness.
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References One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) See more »

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Nothing Really Blue
Performed by Penguin Cafe Orchestra
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I´m missing the words...
14 October 2000 | by (Teningen, Germany) – See all my reviews

There´s Bodo. There´s Sissy. They don´t know each other. A accident happens. Bodo rescues Sissy´s life. Then he disappears. She tries to find him. Will they have a chance?

Sometimes it´s hard to find words to describe a movie. It´s an unusual love story, a melodramatic thriller, that is sometimes disturbing, too - especially the scenes in the psychiatry, where Sissy works as a nurse - and with hypnotizing music (which sometimes reminds you of "Lola rennt" and "Winterschläfer"). Director Tom Tykwer shows again that he can tell stories with heart and soul. There are characters you really care for. Especially Benno Fürmanns performance touched me deeply. I could really feel the pain he´s going trough. And of course Franka Potente. I was on her side when she was desperately fighting for Bodo´s love.

Probably the best german film this year, I can highly recommend it. Watch and FEEL it!!!


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