very glad Petzold is back with a contemporary setting, and boom, his newest film is immediately one of his best.
a devastating look at narcissism and depression, envy and jealousy, pessimism and apathy, art and creation, love, hearts that have to break, and of course death.
Petzolds romanticism is there, his love for literature. the epically creaking forests (this time actively endangered by fires... so much contemporary urgency has to shine through i guess). also the sea. the east, north east in fact. another mythical place for him, gifted to us.
also well known: his own little mythological version of the manic pixie dream girl (only Petzold can pull this off without getting harassed for it). his muse transformed from…