Christian Petzold updates the Undine myth with vigour and humour. This tale of romance, watery magic and mystery evokes a delightful Hitchcockian sensibility.
Undine (Paula Beer), in her mid-20s, works as a freelance guide for the Senate Administration for Urban Development in central Berlin. But before giving her urban history talk, her lover Johannes breaks up with her on the terrace of a café across the street from her work. According to the German myth of Undine she must kill her lover if he is unfaithful. Diver Christoph offers the hope of a new beginning. Petzold teasingly invites us to accept the drama as being situated between realism and fairytale, in a zone of narrative logic akin to dream. Ptzold claims this dreamlike feel stems from Vertigo as an inspiration. ‘Simultaneously baffling and completely lucid.’ Little White Lies (Subtitles)