Tom Tykwer (2002)

15 Certificate


Our Score
This romantic thriller was co-scripted by Three Colours director Krzysztof Kieslowski (who died in 1996) as part of a projected "Heaven, Hell and Purgatory" trilogy. Marking German director Tom Tykwer's English-language debut - after the international success of Run Lola Run - it falls between mainstream thriller and art house character study, without ever fully exploring either his or Kieslowski's preferred themes. Moreover, there's little sense of connection between Cate Blanchett's accidental terrorist and Giovanni Ribisi's Italian cop, who helps her escape when a plan to blow up a drug-dealing tycoon backfires. Blanchett is excellent as the widowed English teacher, stripped of reason by her need for revenge. But without Kieslowski's customary psycho-spirituality, the conclusion is particularly unpersuasive and exposes Tykwer's discomfort with cerebral rather than visceral material.


A widow tries to assassinate the drug-dealing tycoon responsible for her husband's death by bombing his office. The plan goes wrong, innocent bystanders are killed, and she is imprisoned for terrorism. However, her plight moves a sympathetic policeman to spring her from jail, and together they set out to bring the businessman to justice. Thriller, with Cate Blanchett, Giovanni Ribisi and Remo Girone.

Cast & Crew

Philippa Cate Blanchett
Filippo Giovanni Ribisi
Filippo's father Remo Girone
Regina Stefania Rocca
Major Pini Mattia Sbragia
Marco Vendice Stefano Santospago
Public prosecutor Alberto Di Stasio
Director Tom Tykwer
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Other Information

Language: English, Italian +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Buena VistaGuidance: Contains swearing, violence, a sex scene and nudity.Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 9 Aug 2002