Four local Berliners recruit a thrill-seeking Spanish woman (Laia Costa) to be their getaway driver for a bank robbery
This nerve-shredding German thriller begins in the pulsing white light of a nightclub strobe and spends the next two hours taking us on a tour of Berlin as day breaks over the city. We follow a young Spanish woman, Victoria (Laia Costa, excellent), as she falls in with a young German guy, Sonne (Frederick Lau), and his mates, who she meets outside a basement club.
It feels like one of those blissful, freewheeling, prime-of-their-lives nights: they mess around on the street, steal some beers, smoke on a rooftop. Is this a fledgling romance we’re witnessing? After 40 minutes, there’s a sparky, charged scene between Victoria and Sonne in the coffee shop where she works. It looks like they’re like falling for each other. But in a heartbeat the story takes another turn entirely when Sonne’s friend, not long out of jail, gets a phone call that means his mates – and Victoria – are in serious danger.
Did I mention that ‘Victoria’ was filmed in a single take? Director Sebastian Schipper shot the entire film three times in real time, and picked the best take. It’s an astonishing, brassy act of choreography, especially considering the film moves all over the city, with a sprawling cast of bit-players beyond the main characters.
Schipper’s cinematic stunt, assisted by a terrific score by Nils Frahm, gives the film an incredible sense of immediacy and momentum, even if it means that a few sections are slightly dragged out. Some key elements of the story feel born of the world of movies more than of the real world, but ‘Victoria’ is an extraordinary filmgoing experience, raw and exciting.
|Release date:||Friday April 1 2016|
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I wondered how I would take a single shot over two hours long. While this was offset by much camera movement, and an interesting feeling of 'being there' seemingly due to the real-time take, the film was seriously let down by stretching a very thin plot and non-existent diaogue without any the improvisation taking off at all. It was an overstretched amateurish student film really with a one-shot gimmick. A disappointment, sorry to say.
Expectation was high.reality was very disappointing. This is a film for the teenage urban hipster,who would think this is one Koool film.For the rest of us the film is just plain dumb.The improvised dialogue does not have the Mike Leigh socio-economic pathos.Instead it is just pure drivel.The acting is akin to drama student quality.l felt embarrassed watching it.This genre has been done better with Christiana F or the French Vagabond,however l recommend you stick with Mike Leigh.You have been warned.....2 stars