An affair between the second in line to Britain's throne and the princess of the feuding Irish spells doom for the young lovers.
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n the Dark Ages, after the fall of the Roman Empire, weak Britain is divided into several clans, while the powerful Ireland, untouched by the Romans, dominates and ravages the British tribes. The just and noble British leader, Marke, meets with the other clan chiefs to try to unite the country, but they are attacked and slaughtered by the Irish army headed by Morholt. Marke loses one hand protecting the young Tristan, who had just lost his parents, and Marke raises the boy as if he were of his blood. Years later, after another attack by the Irish forces, Tristan rescues his people, who had been captured to serve as slaves, and kills the brutal Morholt, to whom the beautiful Irish princess, Isolde, had been promised in marriage. Tristan is poisoned by the sword of Morholt, declared dead by his mates, and put on a boat as part of his funeral. The ship floats out to sea, and lands on the Irish shore. Isolde, along with her maid-servant, Bradnae, finds the boat with Tristan in it, and hides him in a hut, where she nurses him back to health. In the process, they fall in love for each other, but with Isolde concealing her identity from Tristan. When Tristan is about to be discovered by Irish guards, he escapes by boat back to Britain to avoid being captured and killed. Isolde's father, King Donnchadh, together with the British traitor Wictred, declares a joust as part of a plan to divide the British and make Wictred king, by promising the hand of Isolde to the winner. However, Tristan wins the tournament. Without knowing that Isolde is his love, Tristan offers her to Marke, in order to make Marke king and thus unify the British clans. When Tristan sees who Isolde is, he must decide between his friendship and loyalty to Marke and his love for Isolde.
TRISTAN AND ISOLDE
Filming Locations: GLASSILLAUN,LETTERGESH,RENVYLE,
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Tristan: I live in torture, thinking of these moments. With every look he gives you, I get sicker and sicker. There is a burning in me I feel on fire, and there's guilt I can't comidify. Does it make you happy to know that?
Isolde : The Roman Bridge, I can get to it without being seen, and I'd go there any time to be with you.
Tristan: [to Isolde] I live in torture thinking of these moments. Every look he gives you I get sicker and sicker. There's a burning in me, I feel on fire and a guilt I can't comidify. Does it make you happy to know that? Lord Marke: Do you find no comfort in your home, these stearn walls that you helped build?
Tristan : I find these walls a prison.
Lord Marke : Why?
Tristan : Everything I wanted seems meaningless.
Melot: [lying in the tunnel] A dozen Irish have blazed your way.
Tristan : Melot, I swear I did not lead them here.
Melot : No, I did.
Tristan : Why?
Melot : I thought someone believed in me.
Tristan : It will be undone.
Melot : I am for the worms, Tristan. Swear to me that you are true.
Tristan : As we were brothers.
Isolde: [on dreaming of things] ... a child.
Tristan : Will it be mine or his?
Isolde : I'd have no way of knowing, would I?
Isolde: You risked your life to give me to another man.
Tristan : You said your name was Bragnae. Why did you do that?
Isolde : Oh, what have I done? Stop this, please, Tristan, say something.
Tristan : I can't. I won you in my King's name.
Isolde : But I'm your's. You touched me and I you.
Tristan : It doesn't matter.
Isolde : It's the only thing that matters, Tristan. Leave with me, I'll go anywhere!
Isolde : [reading] I wonder by my troth, what thou and I Did, till we loved? were we not wean'd till then? But suck'd on country pleasures, childishly? Or snorted we in the Seven Sleepers' den? 'Twas so ; but this, all pleasures fancies be ; If ever any beauty I did see, Which I desired, and got, 'twas but a dream of thee. And now good-morrow to our waking souls, Which watch not one another out of fear ; For love all love of other sights controls, And makes one little room an everywhere. Let sea-discoverers to new worlds have gone ; Let maps to other, worlds on worlds have shown ; Let us possess one world ; each hath one, and is one. My face in thine eye, thine in mine appears, And true plain hearts do in the faces rest; Where can we find two better hemispheres Without sharp north, without declining west? Whatever dies, was not mix'd equally; If our two loves be one, or thou and I Love so alike that none can slacken, none can die.
Isolde: Know that I love you Tristan. Wherever you go, whatever you see. I will always be with you.
[his last lines]
Tristan : You were right. I don't know if life is greater than death. But love was more than either.
Isolde: What do you think became of them?
Tristan : They were lives... just lived.
Tristan: [to Lord Marke] She is loyal to you. I am sure of it. Tristan: [fleeing Ireland] Come with me.
Isolde : I can't.
Tristan : Why not?
Isolde : We both know this cannot be, Tristan. We knew it from the start. That doesn't mean it wasn't true, it is.
Isolde: And your parents?
Tristan : They also died when I was young.
Isolde : From what?
Tristan : Another different type of Irish kindness.
Lord Marke: [on the affair] How long?
Isolde : Since you thought he was dead. I found him wounded on a beach in Ireland. And I told him my name was Bragnae. So when he came to the tournament at Dunluce to win Doncadh's daughter he didnt realize it was me. All this time, my heart has been his. And I'm sorry. He tried, harder than you can possible imagine because he loves you.
Melot: [on Tristan] Behold your hero, Uncle. Tristan: What's your name?
Isolde : Oh, I think it's better if we don't bother with names.
Tristan : How can I thank you if I don't have your name?
Isolde : You just did. If you insist, my name is Bragnae. I'm a lady in waiting at the court. My parents are dead. My mother is the source of the kindness you find so puzzling. My father would've left you where you fell.
Tristan : Tristan of Aragon.
Isolde : Well Tristan of Aragon, I'd guess about you too, but I think I've already seen everything.
Lord Marke: What if she's a hag? Or what if she simply won't have me?
Edyth : She'll have you. You're the prize.
Isolde: Yesterday at the market, I saw a couple holding hands... and I realized we'll never do that. Never anything like it. No picnics or unguarded smiles. No rings. Just... stolen moments that leave too quickly. Isolde: Tristan, if we do Isolde: Why?
Tristan : There are other things to live for: duty, honor.
Isolde : But they are not life Tristan. They are the shells of life, and empty ones if in the end all they hold are days and days without love. Love is made by God. Ignore it and you suffer as you cannot imagine.
Tristan : Then I will no longer live without it.
INFORMATION :IMDb database
| | TRIVIA:Sophia Myles' (Isolde) wedding gown costume was previously used in Arabian Nights (2000), worn by Mili Avital (Scheherezad
Originally Ridley Scott was going to direct the film in the late-'70s, right after his debut film The DuellistsAlien (1979).
(1977). He put the film aside to direct Link this trivia