Undine

Undine

Undine

A woman is torn by a new love in her life and the deadly demands of a supposed curse in this French-German tale drawing on myth and fantasy. From writer-director Christian Petzold, reuniting with Transit stars Paula Beer and Franz Rogowski.

"Undine is a historian living in Berlin, but underneath her seemingly ordinary city lifestyle lurks an old myth: if the man she loves betrays her, she must kill him and return to the water she once came from. When her lover leaves her for another woman, Undine feels her destiny is fated, until she encounters Christoph and falls in love with him. They share a happy love, but Christoph feels Undine is running from something. Undine must face her curse or risk her relationship." (Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival 2021)

FIPRESCI Prize, Berlin 2020
2020Rating: M, Violence & sex scenes90 minsFrance, Germany
DramaFantasyRomanceWorld CinemaFestival & Independent

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Variety

Variety

In a way, it’s a shame that Undine stops short, since the material feels thin, and the statement as murky as the lake to which the camera ultimately returns.

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Vulture

Vulture

It feels like a fist that won’t close, its elements never intentionally coming together.

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The New Yorker

The New Yorker

This is classic Petzold territory, where you can dwell in a place, or a relationship, without ever quite belonging there.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

The film questions the fixed nature of human behavior in a world whose borders are constantly shifting.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

Made with the superb economy of pacing, shot selection, and editing that’s become a Petzold specialty, nay a trademark.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

Petzold keeps his mystery afloat (sorry) thanks to his impeccable craft even if this is a tale that sometimes feels like it needed a more magical and less direct approach.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Beer and Rogowski are so good, and have such amazing chemistry, that it’s hard to look away or not root for them to be together.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

Petzold’s lean, crisply-shot tale is a deft shape-changer, switching mood and register, interlacing romance with suspense and sudden jabs of humour.

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Slash Film

Slash Film

Its disquieting moments of magical realism paired with the all-consuming romance shared between Undine and Christoph — which feels as grand and tragic as the best cinematic love stories — add some warmth to Undine‘s chilly, cosmic exterior.

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

Petzold loves his romantic bargains, his meditations on longing, obsession and deceit, and he unfurls all of that seductive cloth of gold in Undine.

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Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

Undine isn’t a conventional romance, or a readily accessible one, but open yourself to this special film and you’re liable to be hooked.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Undine is ultimately more enigmatic than most of Petzold’s work. It is also, like its title character, eerily beautiful. While it could well serve as a high-end date movie, it’s also something more.

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