The Princess and the Warrior" moves at a leisurely pace, nowadayscommonly mistaken for slow or plodding. It is the pacing antithesis of"Run Lola Run", yet in remarkable ways, covers the same thematicground. Tykwer takes Krzysztof Kieslowski's favorite themes (fate,chance, destiny) and tells one of the most uplifting existentialisttales I've ever seen on film. Poetic in its visceral impacts,heartbreaking in its emotional force, "The Princess and the Warrior"achieves an astonishing level of humanity which very few films everstrive to attain.
As a result, "The Princess and the Warrior" becomes the jewel in thecrown of Tykwer's filmic repertoire. With Franka Potente as theemotionally-reserved Sissi and Benno Furmann as the jaded Bodo, Tykwerhas created two opposites who are fated to attract. Unlike Hollywood,however, there are no magical forces at work, no clever "Meet Cute". Itis very conceivable that these two could have never met, and only dueto Bodo's criminal actions do they meet. Is it fate or coincidence thatBodo's run in with the law causes a run in with Sissi? Theirinteractions are quiet with bursts of trauma, their eyes do most of thetalking. Tykwer seems to suggest that Bodo and Sissi's entire existenceis to affirm each other's life.
Tykwer has crafted a psychological exploration of two misguided soulslooking for an escape from their lives. Stuck in perpetual repetition,Sissi and Bodo live without living, searching for some meaning butincapable of doing so or, even more sorrowful, rejecting whatever ispresented to them. This is not a "Pretty Woman" clone but an honestlyreaffirming look at two unhappy individuals finding what they sodesperately need in each other. Bodo and Sissi's relationship ofawkward meetings, misconceptions, and soul-binding metaphysicalconnections culminates in what I can only describe as one of the mostimpactful and emotional climaxes in all of film history--period.
Kudos to Tykwer for creating one of the most romantic andspiritually-fulfilling films I've ever seen. A perfect and necessaryviewing experience for anyone feeling stuck in the mundane routine oflife, thrilling, suspenseful, almost painfully aware of what it feelslike to be emotionally and spiritually lost. "The Princess and theWarrior" upholds the optimistic idea that even when things go bad, lifeis still worth living, if only to help someone else. It is, in myopinion, one of the finest motion pictures ever made.