Victoria ()

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In the mood for an impeccably crafted real-life thriller? This movie is for you. On the way out of a nightclub Victoria runs into four raucous German men who convince her to hang out with them. She is from Spain and has been temporarily living in Berlin. Her German isn’t very good, but her English is passable. She shares some drinks with her new friends, and strikes up a flirtation with one of them. But what starts out as light-hearted hijinks at 4:30am eventually swerves into darker and more dangerous territory, as Victoria is coerced into participating in her German companions’ dangerous plans. While the plot may sound like your standard issue crime drama, Victoria turns out to be something a little different, due to the thrilling and unusual way it was filmed – in a single shot. In interviews the director has talked about his process, and the challenges of filming an over 2-hour movie (it clocks in at 138 minutes) in over 20 different locations throughout the city of Berlin. The “one take” filming process could be viewed as a stunt, but in this case, I think it works well to serve the story. The tension built from the tightrope walk of the actors and filming crew adds to the ratcheting tension of the story line. Laia Costa give an astounding lead performance. There is not a single scene in Victoria where she is not present, and the movie would simply not work without her. A crazy, awesome movie.

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Dalton Glenn
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Dalton Glenn

This movie blew my mind! Probably the only time I’ve felt real adrenaline watching a movie!

jplota
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jplota

For me, it is one of the most (and probably the most) intense and absorbing movies I’ve ever seen in my life. It gives you all kinds of feelings and sometimes, all them mixed up in a gorgeous production.

negatic
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negatic

A really good movie, absolutely worth a watch even if just for the good soundtrack from Nils Frahm. The acting is really good with a lot of soul to it.

wtmz
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wtmz

Victoria has hidden strength and character that come as a surprise. Her performance of “The Mephisto Waltz”, her recitation of her struggles in the conservatory foreshadow what she, ostensibly silly and passive, becomes.
Could have used some editing to keep the pace going by reducing camera “dwell time” in certain scenes.

sujanthereaper
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sujanthereaper

Not knowing what will happen next was the most interesting in the movie. The point where it starts and ends is just unexpected.

Padrig Gallacher
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Padrig Gallacher

Superb film. the plot moves slowly at first and then it crescendos into a edge-of-the-seat thriller. I would love to see a documentary on how this was filmed. 10/10

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