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Tristan + Isolde (2006)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 13 January 2006 (USA)
An affair between the second in line to Britain's throne and the princess of the feuding Irish spells doom for the young lovers.

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An affair between the second in line to Britain's throne and the princess of the feuding Irish spells doom for the young lovers. Written by Brian@filmschoolrejects.com

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When Fate Betrays Your Heart...Destiny Leaves You No Choice...LOVE CONQUERS ALL See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for intense battle sequences and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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13 January 2006 (USA)  »

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$7,612,008 (USA) (15 January 2006)

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$14,732,623 (USA) (26 March 2006)
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James Franco stated it was his most regrettable role. See more »

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At the party when Melot is trying to talk to Tristan and Marke about his choice for second, Melot says, "You don't seem to know what you've done here," but the motion of his lips doesn't match the words. See more »

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Title Card: Britain. The Dark Ages. / The Roman Empire has fallen / The land lies in ruins, divided among feuding tribes. / To the west, Ireland has flourished - untouched by the Romans, protected by the sea. / Led by their powerful and righteous king, the Irish have subdued the Britons... / Knowing that if Ireland is to prosper, the tribes must never be allowed to unite.
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Version of Il cuore e la spada (1998) See more »

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We Belong Together
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Written by Gavin DeGraw
Performed by Gavin DeGraw
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A Timeless Love Tale Beautifully Retold!
13 January 2006 | by (Twin Cities, Minnesota) – See all my reviews

One of the great love stories from the medieval courtly romances, "Tristan and Isolde" has received many different treatments from medieval poets such as Gottfried of Strasbourg to the haunting opera by the nineteenth-century German composer Ricard Wagner. In each of the versions of the story, there are new and different plot details in this tragic love story.

In Kevin Reynolds' film adaptation, the most intriguing new twist from the traditional story is the way in which Tristan and Isolde meet. In this version, Tristan is given up for dead following a battle in Cornwall and washes ashore in Ireland in a boat only to be discovered by Isolde. She then uses her magical herbs to cure him. In Gottfried's medieval tale, the two young people drink a love potion from a goblet of wine. In this film, the young people fall instantly in love without any need of an elixir.

In two touching performances, the young lovers are played by James Franco and Sophia Myles. Their on-screen chemistry is electric, and their scenes together are filmed effectively by Reynolds in beautiful location settings. The film also explores themes of medieval chivalry and honor. Rufus Sewell delivers an excellent performance as King Mark caught in the love triangle that recalls the famous story of King Arthur, Lancelot, and Guineviere.

There are also great action sequences in "Tristan and Isolde," including battles, tournaments, and medieval siege warfare. But the most memorable scenes are the intimate moments with Tristan and Isolde. Their fateful meeting and the unfolding of their relationship make this film worthwhile for audiences both familiar with the legend and for those being introduced to this timeless love story for the first time.


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