Christian Petzold (Phoenix, Transit) boldly reimagines the ancient myth of Undine – a female water spirit who can love a human but must kill him if he’s unfaithful – 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, an apt gesture from director Petzold as Undine continues his exploration of Germany’s past and its relationship with the present.
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, probably Germany’s best actor) who offers her a new chance of love and escape from her curse?