This is not a movie review. Just more rambling.

Coincidence and chance play a central part in the two films of Tom Tykwer's that I've seen so far, those being Lola rennt (Run Lola Run) and Der Krieger und die Kaiserin (The Princess and the Warrior).

Where life races by and even jumps tracks in Run Lola Run, it flows slowly and in a dreamlike fashion in The Princess and the Warrior, much like the Wuppertal Schwebebahn, the monorail in the town of Wuppertal, where principal filming occurred. And although, on the surface, it seems that the malleability of luck and chance in Run Lola Run and the immutability of coincidence in The Princess and the Warrior further differentiate the films, I think Tom Tykwer tries to show the inevitability of fate in both. Also, I think he has a thing for criminals, or maybe society's outcasts in general.

Franka Potente is the star of both of these films. Americans will likely know her better from The Bourne Identity and The Bourne Supremacy. She was Tom Tykwer's girlfriend for some time. IMDB says Tykwer wrote Run Lola Run specifically for her. Perhaps that's why I find the two films of Tykwer's that I've seen so very romantic.

All I know is I want to go on a date with Franka Potente and ride the Schwebebahn over the Wupper River while listening to Skin, formerly of Skunk Anansie, singing a torch song just for us.

Go rent the movies and decide for yourself! I'm no film reviewer! Geezum Pete!
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I loved Lola Rennt after seeing it in my high school German class over two years ago, and I want to see it again. I wasn't aware the director has other films (although I figured he did.) I'll have to check them out!
Hmm... now that is a good question. I'd love to see one too. All the German movies I remember always had a very serious side to them. One of my favorites, though, Die Harmonisten, had a lot of fun parts in it. It was about a comedy-acapella group that started in the 20s. Of course, then it became the 30s, and some of the members were Jewish, so in stepped the serious part. Can't the Germans just let loose every now and then? ;)
I just watched both movies this year and adored Lola Rennt enough to buy it along with the soundtrack. I watched Der Krieger und die Kaiserin and enjoyed it for the most part, but not as much. It was very dreamy but I liked the scene under the semi the most along with the scenes where she went to his home.
Somewhere on the DVD of Der Krieger und die Kaiserin I think Franka Potente herself commented that the scene under the truck was very charged: just her and Benno Fürman, lying on top of her. The only real sounds; him breathing and then her.