Kairos is the fever chart of an intense love affair between a restless, intelligent 19-year-old named Katharina and a much older married man named Hans. Both of them live in the GDR, pre-unification. Hans was a child during the Hitler years and lived through the aftermath of war, the division of the country, and the advent of the Communist regime in the east. Katharina carries no such historical baggage. They meet by a hair’s breadth chance, one that astonishes both of them. The high lyricism of first love is beautifully captured here. The subsequent trajectory is intensely rendered as Hans’s psychology and German history begin to allegorize each other: a reckoning with demons inner and outer. Kairos offers exhilaration and excruciation, and much material for thought.