Der Krieger und die Kaiserin (The Princess and the Warrior) (2000) - Rotten Tomatoes

Der Krieger und die Kaiserin (The Princess and the Warrior) (2000)



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

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Director Tom Tykwer followed up his international hit Lola Rennt (Run Lola Run) with this drama, which also examines young people living on the edges of the law. Sisi (Franka Potente) is an attractive but withdrawn woman who works in a psychiatric clinic, while Bodo (Benno Fürmann) is looking to make some quick money after his recent release from the army. Bodo robs a gas station and is fleeing on foot when he accidentally causes Sisi to be hit by a truck. Realizing she's seriously injured, Bodo comes to Sisi's rescue and performs an emergency tracheotomy on her before he escapes again. Sisi, who is often pursued by men but shies away from their advances, finds that she longs to meet the mysterious Bodo again, and eventually tracks him down to a hideout he shares with his brother, Walter (Joachim Krol). Bodo and Walter angrily send Sisi away, but she unexpectedly encounters them when they pull a robbery at a bank where she's running an errand. Bodo and Walter are caught in a shoot-out with police, and Sisi helps to spirit Bodo away to the clinic where she works, trying to spare him the grim news that Walter was killed in the melee. In addition to serving as writer and director, Tom Tykwer also composed the musical score for The Princess and the Warrior in collaboration with Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil.more
Rating: R (for disturbing images, language and some sexual content)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Tom Tykwer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 29, 2002
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site


Franka Potente
as Sissi, Sissy
Susanne Bredehöft
as Zewi, Zewil
Marita Breuer
as Sissi's Mother
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Critic Reviews for Der Krieger und die Kaiserin (The Princess and the Warrior)

All Critics (96) | Top Critics (27)

This is bravura filmmaking and a movie not to be missed.

September 28, 2001
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Often fascinating but bizarre and, ultimately, unsatisfying.

August 24, 2001
Detroit News
Top Critic

Every person's behavior, Tykwer demonstrates with a flourish, is ultimately a matter of chance.

Full Review… | July 16, 2001
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Mesmerizing fable of frozen grief and stubborn love.

July 13, 2001
Washington Post
Top Critic

You don't have any idea what's going to happen next.

Full Review… | July 12, 2001
Washington Post
Top Critic

How do you follow up with one of the most kinetic films ever made? The obvious answer would be to slow things down, take a more introspective and less visceral approach. In short, do something different.

Full Review… | June 21, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Der Krieger und die Kaiserin (The Princess and the Warrior)

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


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 Dallas

Super Reviewer


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.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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