Tristan and Isolde

Tristan and Isolde

Tristan and Isolde

  Who thinks of Tristan and Isolde is not immediately on the same opera by Richard Wagner. The myth of the two lovers, which has fallen amid turbulent times, and against the wishes of her parents together, not be killed. And so it is no wonder that now also provides a contemporary cinematic update for a change in a notorious anti-Wagnerians and Opernhassern. Because the story is too good to be left alone the opera, like the director Kevin Reynolds (Robin Hood – Prince of Thieves, Monte Cristo) have thought.

After the end of the Roman Empire, there is a war between the various tribes of England. The Irish King Donnchadh (David Patrick O’Hara) is the beneficiary of the struggle, he ruled the island of Britain with an iron fist. But the British to defend himself, under the leadership of Lord Marke (Rufus Sewell), they move to a battle in which they will be defeated. On the side of Mark’s struggling, the young warrior Tristan (James Franco), who is so badly wounded that his tribe declared him dead. According to ancient custom, is a ship without a crew, sent out but with the supposedly dead Tristan out to sea.

Tristan ends up on the Irish shore where Isolde (Sophia Myles), the king’s daughter is injured, it maintains healthy and – in accordance with their incognito in love with him. But their love has no future, as Isolde is married to bring peace to the strife Lord Marke. Recognizes as Tristan, Isolde, that is really the daughter of the powerful Irish king, he is back and torn between love and duty, between the heart and mind. Clear which side will retain the upper hand, but the love between the warrior and the princess’s can prevail against all odds?

Tristan and Isolde is, as one may well expect from this fabric, with beautiful big cinema equipment, pure emotion and a simple, well-known and largely because überraschungsfreien story, the friends of the genre can certainly tie – heartbreak and tumult of battle included. Impressively is mainly on production design, which gives a very authentic insight into the world and the lives of the middle ages, without glossing over it, then and now is primarily one thing – power. Well, that’s nothing really new, but still is nice to look at in this case. Solid Sunday afternoon movies.

(Joachim Kurz)

Title: Tristan and Isolde Country of production: USA Year of production: 2005 Length: min 123 () of material: Kinowelt Film Distribution

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