In life, there are no accidents, states the tagline for The Princess and the Warrior. Its a claim of dubious veracity, but Tom Tykwers 2000 film follows the pattern of his earlier work, Run, Lola, Run, in being thought-provokingly obsessed by fate and the near misses and serendipitous meetings of city life. (This film also stars Lolas Franka Potente.) Its central action concerns a chance connection between two strangers, Sissi, a young psychiatric nurse, and Bodo, an impoverished tough guy. In the process of committing a robbery, he causes a traffic accident that nearly kills Sissi, then proceeds to save her life with an emergency tracheotomy. When Bodo disappears into the crowd, Sissi is left wondering about the mystery man. The pairs eventual meeting will have romantic results. And all this melodrama results in a stylish, suspenseful and touching film.
Wed., March 3, 7 p.m., 2010