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      Undine

      Released Jun 4, 2021 1h 30m Drama Romance TRAILER for Undine: Trailer 1 List Undine: Trailer 1 Undine: Trailer 1 1:45 View more videos
      89% Tomatometer 141 Reviews 62% Audience Score 50+ Ratings Christian Petzold (PHOENIX, TRANSIT) boldly reimagines the ancient myth of Undine in this suspenseful tale of romance and betrayal in modern day Berlin. Undine (Paula Beer) works as a historian lecturing on Berlin's urban development. But when the man she loves leaves her, the myth catches up with her. Undine has to kill the man who betrays her and return to the water. Will Undine defy fate when she meets a diver (Franz Rogowski) offering her a chance at new love? Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Undine draws on folklore for a dark fantasy whose murky storytelling is often offset by the enchanting romance at its core.

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      Jake Wilson The Age (Australia) The ritual is intriguing but the spell doesn't entirely take hold. Or perhaps the magic remains hidden in the depths of the film -- and it's up to each viewer to take the plunge. Rated: 3.5/5 Dec 18, 2021 Full Review Adam Nayman The Ringer Undine's area of study is Berlin's gradual architectural mutation from century to century; a shot of two lovers diving among submerged ruins whispers a warning that all things-from true love to civilization itself-must pass. Jul 19, 2021 Full Review Jenny Nulf Austin Chronicle Undine's hauntingly aching romance is enchanting, as thick as the feeling of inhaling water into your lungs. Rated: 4.5/5 Jul 16, 2021 Full Review Kevin Woodley InSession Film Following the remarkable Transit, I was hoping for something a little sharper than this. Rated: C+ Apr 3, 2024 Full Review Ben Flanagan Vague Visages Petzold’s use of fairytale is rote, but – as a piece of Sirkian high melodrama – Undine is eminently satisfying. Sep 23, 2023 Full Review Dallas King Flick Feast By keeping the waters surrounding her origins suitably murky, Undine manages to successfully swim the line between erotic thriller and dark fantasy. Rated: 3/5 Nov 12, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Harold Chorny fine movie. artistic exploration of line between realism and fantasy. a myth can have potent power. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/13/21 Full Review Alles Klar Beautiful shots of Berlin, romantic but human moments of love, who knew Architectural lectures could be so sultry. A bit long feeling, and there is a huge catfish named Gnther. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 06/06/21 Full Review constance m beautifully executed and performed Rated 4 out of 5 stars 06/05/21 Full Review An In my opinion its a beautiful movie, well written scenario, great scenes across the film, and good acting. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 10/02/23 Full Review Audience Member Sold as an urban mythological romance and a paean to the city of Berlin, German writer-director, Christian Petzold's new film begins with Paula Beer's mysterious and lonely Undine, an architectural historian, mid-rendezvous with her lover who's dumping her for another woman. Almost immediately after, there's a rather Germanic meet-cute which brings Franz Rogowski's shy and reserved industrial diver, Christoph, into the picture and the two begin a romantic courtship over the rest of the film. Since it was never explained what an Undine is, (for the benefit of those who like me has to google it: according to European mythology, it's a water nymph that becomes human after finding love but have to return to water if her partner becomes unfaithful) I was left rather bewildered during the film which follows closely the above mythology. Without that background knowledge, the story feels rather odd and baffling. In fact, even on reflection with the understanding what she's meant to be, there are parts of the film that still don't make total sense. Also unclear, or at least something that sits rather uneasily with me, is the juxtaposition of this mythical creature with the re-generation of the city of Berlin between WWII and its reunification that the film spends quite a bit of time on. So despite fine performances by the central leads and passionate and competent handling of the material by Petzold, I remain curious but tepid about the whole thing and I fear that a more cynical viewer such as I will not be entirely receptive to the romantic notions, both for the lovers and the city, that the film is attempting to convey. Or in the words of a parting lover: it's not you, it's me. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review isla s The piano music and the end scene makes all the difference with this film. Mid way through I felt it was a little bland and I wasn't sure of the plot direction but I thought it was somewhat touching by the very end. The musical score makes a big difference, its subtle but certainly not non-existent. It is most certainly an understated film and it may bore some people, its very much an arty film of course and its hardly gripping viewing but its thoughtful and ok at the end. I don't think I'd have persevered with this, had I not paid to view it. This is an ok film overall, no more really. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Christian Petzold (PHOENIX, TRANSIT) boldly reimagines the ancient myth of Undine in this suspenseful tale of romance and betrayal in modern day Berlin. Undine (Paula Beer) works as a historian lecturing on Berlin's urban development. But when the man she loves leaves her, the myth catches up with her. Undine has to kill the man who betrays her and return to the water. Will Undine defy fate when she meets a diver (Franz Rogowski) offering her a chance at new love?
      Director
      Christian Petzold
      Producer
      Florian Koerner von Gustorf, Michael Weber
      Screenwriter
      Christian Petzold
      Distributor
      IFC Films
      Production Co
      Schramm Film, ZDF, Les Films du Losange
      Genre
      Drama, Romance
      Original Language
      German
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jun 4, 2021, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jun 4, 2021
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $78.4K
      Runtime
      1h 30m
      Sound Mix
      Dolby
      Aspect Ratio
      Flat (1.85:1)
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