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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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12 October 2000 (Germany)  »

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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 leaps from the bathtub to chase Steini down the hall, Bodo clearly has not taken time to dry off. He should have left at least some trace of wet footprints down the hallway as he runs after Steini, but there is not a trace of wet footprints or any other water left on the floor as he runs. (It's possible that for safety reasons they ensured the actor's feet were dry before having him run on the tiled hallway, so as to avoid a slip-and-fall scenario.) 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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You Can't Find Peace
Performed by Pale 3 feat. Skin
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As good or better than LOLA
28 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a rich, layered film with characters behaving in believable, realistic manners. There are no holes I could find anywhere in the film, and no clichés either. A fresh script that revisits the CUCKOOS NEST asylum setting with a woman as the anti-McMurphy - she is employed there but thinks it may be time to leave.

The man she encounters in a harrowing little moment underneath a semitruck is the trigger that allows her to confront the life she has in comparison to the one she may want. But the only way she can know for sure is to meet up with this stranger once again.

Coincidence as a theme plays heavily in this director's oeuvre (Lola was based entirely on the premise of what is needed for no coincidences to have occurred). But the plot is much deeper after initial relationships are laid out.


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