The Princess and the Warrior

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This is something like "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" meets "Ghost", though nobody actually dies in this film. Sissi (Franka Potente) works in a mental hospital and her life is saved one day by Bodo (Benno Furmann), who comes out of nowhere after Sissi is hit by a truck. He cuts a hole in her throat and stuffs a straw in it. After that, she spends the rest of the film trying to find him and establish that they were meant to be together. So, it's sort of like "Ghost", but not really. There's no musical pottery montage or anything.

And Franka Potente doesn't run anywhere. Writer/Director Tom ("Run, Lola, Run") Tykwer has followed up a fast-paced action film with one that might be called "Ponder, Franka, Ponder" -- it's one of those movies meant to emphasize his soft side. Unfortunately, what Tykwer intends as emotional softness comes off a little more like intellectual softness.

This film goes on forever, because Tykwer can't focus. There are really two films here, not one. There's the story about Sissi and her whole life and then there's the story about Bodo and his whole life. That those two stories intersect at some point is about as disconnected as the life stories of the Pope and Monica Lewinsky (though these days, the Pope really looks like he could benefit from an instersection with Monica).

Obviously, Tykwer is trying to emphasize fate here -- that old notion that things must happen for a reason. Unfortunately, this is a logical fallacy used to suggest the existence of God. However, when human beings are around, everything happens for a reason specifically because we are around to apply a reason to that happening. Such a subjective qualification doesn't suggest a higher power, but the simplistic need of stupid people to ascribe a reason to every idiotic, chaotic thing that occurs on a daily basis.

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