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The Princess and the Warrior (2000)

Der Krieger und die Kaiserin (original title)
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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Walter
Lars Rudolph ...
Steini
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Otto (as Melchior Beslon)
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Werner
Christa Fast ...
Sigrun
Susanne Bredehöft ...
Zewil
Gottfried Breitfuss ...
Paul (as Gottfried Breitfuß)
Steffen Scheumann ...
Bruno (as Steffen Schult)
Rolf Dennemann ...
Dieter
Ali Nejat-Nouei ...
Ali
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Maria (as Sybille Jacqueline Schedwill)
Peter Ender ...
Thomas
Friederike Frerichs ...
Corinna
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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 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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Irgendwo da draußen wartet die Liebe

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Drama | Mystery | Romance

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

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12 October 2000 (Germany)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$51,426, 24 June 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$871,058, 25 November 2001
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2.35 : 1
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The German title "Der Krieger und die Kaiserin" translates as "The Warrior and the Empress", but Tykwer wanted the English title to be "The Princess and the Warrior" instead. 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

[Last Lines]
Bodo Riemer: Come on!
Bodo Riemer: So what do I do now?
Bodo Riemer: Bye.
Simone 'Sissi' Schmidt: What happened?
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Connections

Referenced in The Holiday (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Autumnal
Performed by Arab Strap
Written & produced by Arab Strap
Cello by Cora Bissett
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My 1st Tykwer Experience
17 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

This film was playing in our little theater here, as part of the Beyond Normal Films promotion about a year & a half ago. I must say that before then, I had never heard of Tom Tykwer.

Since then, he has become 1 of my favorite writers & directors. I immediately went out & got the highly acclaimed *Lola rennt* & I must say that I was very impressed. I also got to check out his most recent film *Heaven* as part of this year's Beyond Normal ticket; I LOVED it.

If you are not familiar with Tykwer's work, I would suggest you start with *Der Krieger.* The story has several elements that almost everyone will enjoy & although the story may be a little slow in a few parts, it is nonetheless, interesting. It is not really a film for kids though.

I was once a little intimidated by films in a language I could not understand (German, for instance). There were several times that I did not even have to read the subtitles to know what was going on, it was great & even a little inspiring to me for wanting to learn some German (Danke schön, Tom). I encourage you all to check this flick out if you have not yet.

My rating: 8/10


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