Der Krieger und die Kaiserin (The Princess and the Warrior) (2000)
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Critic Reviews for Der Krieger und die Kaiserin (The Princess and the Warrior)
This is bravura filmmaking and a movie not to be missed.
Often fascinating but bizarre and, ultimately, unsatisfying.
Every person's behavior, Tykwer demonstrates with a flourish, is ultimately a matter of chance.
Mesmerizing fable of frozen grief and stubborn love.
This is a love story, but it isn't one you've ever seen before.
Audience Reviews for Der Krieger und die Kaiserin (The Princess and the Warrior)
Pretty to look at, but unnecessarily slow...as 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.
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.
A psychiatric nurse tracks down the mystery man who saved her life after a traffic accident but finds herself on the run when she is caught up in his attempt to rob a bank. The Princess and the Warrior is an offbeat love story that has "European cinema" written all over it. Two damaged individuals find solace in each others arms after various trauma that affect their lives and much forced poignancy and unlikely coincidence indicating "fate" rear their heads in the process. It's basically the kind of film that would never be made in Hollywood and as such does feel quite refreshing but there is an underlying air of pretension that stops it from being a truly great film; the metaphorical ending in particular was rather ham fisted in way that made me feel that the director might as well as drawn an "emotional" diagram with accompanying flow charts and maybe a nice bar graph thrown in. But as with all films, the entertainment level boils down to whether the story interests you and the performances appeal and in this case, they do. Pretty to look at and oddball enough to please any fans of indie or world cinema, if a little emotionally unaffecting for the above reasons.
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