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The 2006 film based on the legend of ''Literature/TristanAndIseult''. It stars James [=Franco=] and Sophia [=Myles=] as the eponymous lovers of the title; they fell in love after Tristan is left for dead and the Irish princess Isolde and her nurse tend to his wounds, causing the affection between Tristan and Isolde to grow, but things turn sour when Isolde (who is deeply in love with Tristan) learns she is instead to be betrothed to his uncle Marke. The film also attempts to be as realistic as possible for the setting, one example being that there is no mention of King Arthur, who usually is present, at least in the background, of most of the adaptations of the legend.
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!! Contains examples of the following tropes:

* AdaptationDistillation: Definitely shorter than some of the interpretations.
* AllStarCast: To just mention it briefly, there is James [[{{Spiderman}} Franco]], Sophia [[Film/{{Underworld}} Myles]] and Rufus [[AKnightsTale Sewell]] as the main cast of intertwined lovers.
* AnnoyingArrows: Multiple characters take arrows in combat. At most, they take a few seconds to remove and the character continues on. Near the end, one character takes an arrow to the back, mid torso; he looks annoyed and charges into battle, arrow still sticking out of his back.
* YouFailHistoryForever: So apparently, the Irish oppressed the British at some point in history.
** At the beginning of TheDarkAges, they ''did''. Irish raiders attacked the west coast of Britain and took slaves. However, Ireland was nowhere near as powerful as portrayed here, and the British Celts were much more concerned with fighting the Anglo-Saxons invading their country than the Irish.
* BittersweetEnding: Tristan dies during the epic battle at the end, though Isolde is left alive, mourning her love. Potentially, it could have a been a DownerEnding, since most adaptations of the story usually end with both [[TogetherInDeath the lovers dying together.]]
* MeaningfulName: Counts for all the retellings: "Tristan" alludes to "triste" (French for "sad"), which foreshadows the DownerEnding of the love story.[[note]]This is not the true etymology of the name, which goes back to the Welsh "Drystan" (Latinized "Drustanus"). It was specifically adapted to sound like "triste", however.[[/note]]
* LoveTriangle: Isolde loves Tristan, Marke is betrothed to Isolde for political reasons, Tristan loves Isolde.
* MortalWoundReveal: To Tristan near the beginning of the film. His wound initially appears not that serious, but just as we're informed that the weapon was poisoned he collapses, apparently dead. Being the protagonist, [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt he gets better]], but his friends aren't GenreSavvy enough to know that.
* PragmaticAdaptation: Pretty much necessary.
* RomanticRunnerUp: Rufus [=Sewell=]'s role as the king who marries Isolde. He is also Tristan's uncle.
** Actually, in this version he's not Tristan's uncle, just a guy who saved his life. Melot is Marke's nephew for some reason.
* StarCrossedLovers: Kind of a given, considering its foundation in the [[{{Tearjerker}} tragic]] legend.
* SomeoneToRememberHimBy: Mentioned briefly at the end by Isolde, who is presumably pregnant with Tristan's child.
* TogetherInDeath: Averted, Isolde lives and speaks the last lines of the film - about Tristan.
* YourCheatingHeart: Unable to be with Tristan, Isolde resorts to trysts with him that they kept secret from her husband, King Marke, who is also Tristan's uncle.
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