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The Princess and the Warrior (2000)

Der Krieger und die Kaiserin (original title)
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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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Tom Tykwer

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Tom Tykwer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Franka Potente ... Sissi
Benno Fürmann ... Bodo
Joachim Król ... Walter
Lars Rudolph Lars Rudolph ... Steini
Melchior Derouet ... Otto (as Melchior Beslon)
Ludger Pistor ... Werner
Christa Fast Christa Fast ... Sigrun
Susanne Bredehöft Susanne Bredehöft ... Zewil
Gottfried Breitfuss Gottfried Breitfuss ... Paul (as Gottfried Breitfuß)
Steffen Scheumann Steffen Scheumann ... Bruno (as Steffen Schult)
Rolf Dennemann Rolf Dennemann ... Dieter
Ali Nejat-Nouei Ali Nejat-Nouei ... Ali
Sybille J. Schedwill ... Maria (as Sybille Jacqueline Schedwill)
Peter Ender Peter Ender ... Thomas
Friederike Frerichs Friederike Frerichs ... Corinna
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Irgendwo da draußen wartet die Liebe

Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

12 October 2000 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Princess & the Warrior See more »

Filming Locations:

North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$51,426, 24 June 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$871,058, 25 November 2001
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Sissi's actual name is Simone. See more »

Goofs

After Bodo freaks out on the psych ward and is sedated, he is brought to the doctor's office for an interview. The doctor enters carrying a bottle of water and two empty glasses, opens the bottle, pours a glass for Bodo, and recaps the bottle. The doctor's glass, with water in it, then appears on the desk. See more »

Quotes

Simone 'Sissi' Schmidt: I'm having trouble sleeping. I keep dreaming about you.
Bodo Riemer: You don't even know me.
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Alternate Versions

A scene from the German version is missing in the U.S. one: Towards the end, instead of just leaving the "old Bodo" behind, we see him encountering a bus driven by Walter and then the two driving off together. See more »

Connections

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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Stylish and Slick
25 September 2004 | by michaeldgibsonSee all my reviews

'Der Krieger und de Kaiserin' (2000), translated as 'The Princess and Warrior' is brought to our screens by 'Run Lola Run' director, Tom Tykwer. For myself 'Run Lola Run' was an excellent film, and i would say that this film is good in its own way. Looking at this film in comparison with Tykwer's previous debute, it doesn't have the same energy rush or rythmic motivational feel to it. However, we have to bear in mind that this is a different film entirly and audiences of 'Run Lola Run' are possibly full of predertermined expectations of Tykwer's new film, based on the previous.

This film is stylish, if not more stylish than than 'Run Lola Run', despite being quite slow moving, it does make you feel 'locked' to see the film through to the end. This film is a captivating experience which will exhilarate and 'move' you in the quest for Sissi's (Franke Potente (Run Lola Run)) survival and then her quest to seek out Bono and help him to the end.

OK, maybe not the 'complexist' of story lines, but it works, and is good.

This is a enigmatic love story, and really if your more inclined to a Hollywood, big-budget, huge special effects etc film, then maybe this isn't the one for you. Personally, this is a slick (the film-making), stylish, captivating film and i would recommend it to anyone who likes a 'visual' film (i know that sounds mad, but e.g. very visual and superb camera angles etc)!

See it before you buy it, because it might not be your cup of tea!

8/10


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