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The Princess and the Warrior (2000)

Der Krieger und die Kaiserin (original title)
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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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
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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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Rated R for disturbing images, language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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12 October 2000 (Germany)  »

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$51,426 (USA) (24 June 2001)

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$871,058 (USA) (25 November 2001)
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The literal translation of the German title is "The Warrior and the Empress". The name of the main female character, "Sissi", refers to the nickname of Elisabeth, Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary (1837-1898). There are several movies and television shows about the Empress Elisabeth, some with "Sissi' in the title. See more »

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When Bodo shoves Sissi into the mud during the rain storm, she gets up and turns slightly and the back of her raincoat and the back of her arms are covered in mud. A few seconds later she stands and walks away and there's almost no mud. It is raining but not hard enough to wash the mud away that quickly. If you compare the amount of mud on Bodo's face and shirt in the same amount of time, there's almost no difference. See more »

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Simone 'Sissi' Schmidt: I wish I could have told the man his sweat smelled tasty. I guess he'd been sucking on a peppermint drop.
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References North by Northwest (1959) See more »

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Nothing Really Blue
Performed by Penguin Cafe Orchestra
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This existential fairy tale is devastatingly beautiful
13 May 2004 | by (Salt Lake City, Utah) – See all my reviews

"The Princess and the Warrior" moves at a leisurely pace, nowadays commonly mistaken for slow or plodding. It is the pacing antithesis of "Run Lola Run", yet in remarkable ways, covers the same thematic ground. Tykwer takes Krzysztof Kieslowski's favorite themes (fate, chance, destiny) and tells one of the most uplifting existentialist tales I've ever seen on film. Poetic in its visceral impacts, heartbreaking in its emotional force, "The Princess and the Warrior" achieves an astonishing level of humanity which very few films ever strive to attain.

As a result, "The Princess and the Warrior" becomes the jewel in the crown of Tykwer's filmic repertoire. With Franka Potente as the emotionally-reserved Sissi and Benno Furmann as the jaded Bodo, Tykwer has created two opposites who are fated to attract. Unlike Hollywood, however, there are no magical forces at work, no clever "Meet Cute". It is very conceivable that these two could have never met, and only due to Bodo's criminal actions do they meet. Is it fate or coincidence that Bodo's run in with the law causes a run in with Sissi? Their interactions are quiet with bursts of trauma, their eyes do most of the talking. Tykwer seems to suggest that Bodo and Sissi's entire existence is to affirm each other's life.

Tykwer has crafted a psychological exploration of two misguided souls looking for an escape from their lives. Stuck in perpetual repetition, Sissi and Bodo live without living, searching for some meaning but incapable of doing so or, even more sorrowful, rejecting whatever is presented to them. This is not a "Pretty Woman" clone but an honestly reaffirming look at two unhappy individuals finding what they so desperately need in each other. Bodo and Sissi's relationship of awkward meetings, misconceptions, and soul-binding metaphysical connections culminates in what I can only describe as one of the most impactful and emotional climaxes in all of film history--period.

Kudos to Tykwer for creating one of the most romantic and spiritually-fulfilling films I've ever seen. A perfect and necessary viewing experience for anyone feeling stuck in the mundane routine of life, thrilling, suspenseful, almost painfully aware of what it feels like to be emotionally and spiritually lost. "The Princess and the Warrior" upholds the optimistic idea that even when things go bad, life is still worth living, if only to help someone else. It is, in my opinion, one of the finest motion pictures ever made.


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