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The 2006 film based on the legend of ''Literature/TristanAndIseult''. It stars Creator/JamesFranco and Creator/SophiaMyles 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.
* 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.
* ArtisticLicenceHistory: While the Irish ''did'' actually [[AluminumChristmasTrees invade Britain at one point during TheDarkAges]], their forces were nowhere near as powerful as shown in the film. British forces were more concerned with fighting off the Anglo-Saxons than the Irish.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: 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. Made complicated by the fact that Marke and Tristan love each other as surrogate father and son.
* 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.
* RelatedInTheAdaptation: Inverted. Marke is Tristan's uncle in the mythology, but is just someone who saves his life in the film.
* RomanticRunnerUp: Marke, who marries Isolde. For added salt in the wound, Tristan wins Isolde's hand on his behalf, not realising until it's too late.
* 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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