Tristan + Isolde

Tristan + Isolde

Kevin Reynolds (2005)

12 Certificate


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James Franco and Sophia Myles are the star-crossed lovers prepared to risk everything for their forbidden romance in director Kevin Reynolds's unassuming take on the tragic Celtic myth. A Dark Ages predecessor to Romeo and Juliet, it sees an Irish princess and an English warrior brought together by fate after she saves his life during a time of intense conflict between their respective nations. But when Tristan later wins Isolde's hand for his lord and surrogate father (a poignantly dignified Rufus Sewell), the duo are unable to sever their relationship. Shot using a murky palette and with the legend's magical elements replaced by unadorned realism, the film has a restrained feel, even in its fierce battle sequences. With little visual imagination or overall vitality, it's down to the central stars to carry the drama. Unfortunately, while Myles beautifully captures her character's emotional dilemma, wooden Franco fails, effectively robbing their pairing of its crucial passion.


The love affair that develops between an English warrior and an Irish princess, while their two countries are at war, ends when the knight has to return to England in the service of his lord. The princess's cruel father then decides to auction her off for marriage to an English nobleman, forcing the former lovers to keep their relationship a secret. Romantic adventure set in the Dark Ages, with James Franco, Sophia Myles and Rufus Sewell.

Cast & Crew

Tristan James Franco
Isolde Sophia Myles
Marke Rufus Sewell
Wictred Mark Strong
Donnchadh David Patrick O'Hara
Melot Henry Cavill
Bragnae Bronagh Gallagher
Bodkin Ronan Vibert
Director Kevin Reynolds
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Sex scenes, edited for violenceAvailable on: DVD