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The Princess and the Warrior

The Princess and the Warrior

Tom Tykwer received international accolades for his stellar Run Lola Run which drew raves for its kinetic and video game stylish energy revolving around a cranberry-coiffed young woman seen in three alternate versions of trying to beat time to ensure her lover's survival.

That heroine played by Franka Potente is the star of his new, surreal film which begins somewhat in the vein of the exciting, taut 1999 German feature, but becomes more like his previous, more surreal work, 1997's Winter Sleepers which was released in the US last year.  The Princess and the Warrior again shows Tykwer and his hand picked lead actress in top form but this dreamy work demands a different kind of viewer involvement in the philosophical, psychological realm that the dramatic intensity and euphoria which made Lola connected with those who've been touched by the pioneers and innovators of MTV.

The Princess and the Warrior has a sharply choreographed chase scene which will change Sissi's (Potente) life enormously from the man who causes the accident that has Sissi run over by a truck while crossing a street.  Benno Furmann's drifting ex-army officer Bodo doesn't know what he's done as he eludes the cops.  The concern is how Sissi and Bodo are each other's salvation, the ones who can offer reconciliation that is hard to come by as The Princess and the Warrior treads the waters of sanity as rejection and confrontations of paralysis lifts this romantic fantasy onto another plane.

Maybe the duet between Potente and Furmann isn't the kind of guiding light that sets off light bulbs in the minds of most alert audiences, but there's an interpretative deftness that may have you consider what's central to your world as Sissi and Bodo confront theirs.

The Princess and the Warrior

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