(originally Der Krieger und die Kaiserin)
The beautiful and detailed filming of this movie immediately captured my attention. The visuals were a pleasure to watch.
The film weaves a tangled story that could result in a lovely weaving or a tangled mess. The lives of the main characters seem so inextricably intertwined that the story couldn't come out any other way. There is nothing transcendent here; on the contrary, any hope that the story offers is purely and deeply human. It leaves me asking,
Do we make our own destiny, or has it already been chosen for us?