Turns out the whale has magical properties and can fulfill the dreams of any man who sleeps with Sophie inside it. As Carl had his mind on Maria at the crucial moment, the two young lovers are reunited. Alas, Sophie’s next cetacean coupling is with Maria’s former b.f., who promptly gets the bride turned into a dog.
To get Maria back in human form, Sophie starts sleeping with half the village; unfortunately, the men’s minds are more on new cars or money than Maria’s de-muttrification. Social chaos ensues when the local Jonahs learn the trick works only once per man.
To judge by the pic’s warm reception at Berlin screenings, there may be a lot going on in the dialogue that doesn’t reach the English subtitles. What’s left is an allegorical comedy sometimes reminiscent of the less-humorous Czech New Wave movies, but centered on a wild idea that should be much funnier than it is.
Schrader, who spends most of the movie on her back or sashaying around in lingerie, phones in her performance. Other actors are OK, and tech credits fine.