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77 Ratings


Directed by Christian Petzold
Germany, France, 2020


Undine is a history graduate who works as a guide in Berlin in the present day. After her partner leaves her for another woman, she is cursed and compelled to kill the man who betrayed her and return to the waters she was once summoned from.

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Undine Directed by Christian Petzold

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

2020 | 2 wins including: Silver Bear for Best Actress

German Film Awards

2020 | 2 nominations including: Best Film

Perhaps Petzold’s greatest virtue as a director is his commitment to sincerity – whether in the emotions of his characters or in his own filmmaking style – and Undine is exemplary in this regard.
April 26, 2020
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That Berlin was built on swamps and has a long tradition of demolishing its past resonates with the myth but in fairly schematic ways. The lecture scenes, like too many of Undine’s narrative turns, will be of great interest to academic discussions of Petzold’s work, but they lack the tense coherence of his best films.
February 27, 2020
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Part of the problem may be the scenario, which changes perspectives a few times and like several De Palma films, chops its ending into several denouements of fantasy and reality, no doubt deepening a simple story, but unfortunately disrupting the flow and thwarting the impact such a fairy tale should have. But Undine’s pleasures are many, not the least of which being the sincerity of its love story.
February 26, 2020
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