Der Krieger und die Kaiserin (The Princess and the Warrior)


Der Krieger und die Kaiserin (The Princess and the Warrior)

Critics Consensus

More slow-moving than Run Lola Run, this film nonetheless offers an intriguing storyline about love and fate.



Total Count: 83


Audience Score

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Movie Info

The director (Tom Tykwer) and star (Franka Potente) of the stylish art-house hit "Run Lola Run" reunite for this compelling romantic fable. A nurse (Potente) whose life is saved by a mystery man after a horrible car accident sets out to find her savior, only to discover that he's not quite what she had imagined. Benno Furmann.


Critic Reviews for Der Krieger und die Kaiserin (The Princess and the Warrior)

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Audience Reviews for Der Krieger und die Kaiserin (The Princess and the Warrior)

  • Sep 20, 2011
    Pretty to look at, but unnecessarily if the goal were to make a heist movie without the vulgar ingredient of excitement. Very odd movie. I kept asking myself "is there a point to all this"? Very long, too. Just not my cup of tea, apparently.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 26, 2010
    a fairy tale, as the title suggests, in the sense that fairy tales are myths of psychic healing. it's one of the oldest functions of storytelling and the characters here are archetypal. love franka and that hypnotic piano theme during the heist. an ambitious film on many levels and i was pretty into it up until the end, when everything is seemingly spelled out in giant block letters just in case we didn't get it.
    Stella D Super Reviewer
  • Apr 17, 2009
    Sometimes I find it hard to get the right words to describe a movie.Specially Europeans ones. This is an unusual love story? a melodramatic thriller? Which was sometimes disturbing, too, especially the scenes in the psychiatry, where Sissy works as a nurse - and the hypnotizing music. Director Tom Tykwer shows here that he can tell stories with heart and soul. There are characters you really care for. In my case, Bodo,( Benno Fürmanns) performance touched me deeply, and off course Sissi. (Franka Potente) I was on her side when she was desperately fighting for Bodo´s love. Im not used to German movies but I guess this was one of the best German movies of that year? I highly recommend it.
    Daisy M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 14, 2009
    Not a thoroughly bad movie altogether even though it has a bad start when it comes to suffering from having me as a reviewer because I just dont like (modern) German cinema (everything 1990s plus basically). Franka Potente ist pretty impressive, if a bit irritating. Talking of which, I found Führmann a very hard to like character and while this may have been intentional, I think the thin line between being a victim and just a whiny idiot tends to tilt towards the favour of the latter, which made the film - at least to me it did - less enjoyable. Take all the other things I despise about German film: Bleak cinematography (without the sensual gloom and angst), awful sets, script and being utterly pretentious and there you have it. Two stars, just for Potente and the blatant use of sexuality and some violence which I found quite well done.
    Henrik S Super Reviewer

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