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Year
2020
Runtime
91 min.
Director
Christian Petzold
Genres
Drama, Romance, Fantasy, Thriller, Mystery
Rating *
6.6
Votes *
0
Checks
422
Favs
27
Dislikes
1
Favs/checks
6.4% (1:16)
Favs/dislikes
27:1
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  1. Torgo's avatar

    Torgo

    Mysterious blending of reality and mirage in this one. Petzoldians will once again love it, Paula Beer is fantastic.

    I didn't know about the nymph-like Undine myth before viewing; being familiar with it might let you foresee the plot and concentrate more on certain symbolism, which is maybe a plus, maybe not. You will get it either way.
    3 years 6 months ago
  2. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    If you know what the name means, you may foresee some of the strangeness in Undine, but not as much as you think it will. If the watery undine myth is in effect, it still proposes that the lead have a rebound romance before it takes hold. Merely odd at first, the fantastical elements mount up until they can't be denied, though some, like that last phone call, don't really make sense to me. What makes the film is its romantic pairing. Paula Beer as Undine (enigmatic, intense, passionate) and Franz Rogowski as the underwater diver Christoph (awkward, earnest, touching) are wonderful whether together or apart. We want them to have their happiness, though we come to expect tragedy. (Whether we get either is really a matter of opinion.) I worked hard to figure out what Undine's profession (historian) and many speeches about Berlin's architecture had to do with any of this, and came up relatively empty. I could make pronouncements about the old meeting the new, facades replacing progress, shifting centers, etc. and tie them into the relationship story, but I'm not sure I'd be convincing. Seeing as I could probably watch Paula Beer sit on a park bench for an hour, I guess it doesn't matter much. I somehow found her tour guide information interesting anyway. Like Christoph, we are taken with her in all her dimensions. 2 years 3 months ago
  3. jlfitz's avatar

    jlfitz

    hulu 2 years 2 months ago
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