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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 great, 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 4:30 am 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. The “one take” filming process could be viewed as a stunt, but in this case, it works wonders to serve the story. The tension built from the tightrope walk of the actors and filming crew adds to the ratcheting tension of the storyline. Laia Costa gives 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.
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.
A movie that, due to its single-shot format, heavily relies on character emotional investment and pace-keeping, but fails to succeed in this regard. Go ahead and watch it with an open mind, but I must say the technichally ambitious film was far from entertaining or captivating.
Severely disappointed, what a waste of our time. The whole plot seems to be based on the characters’ stupidity, making one dumb and unrealistic choice after the other. Furthermore, the characters aren’t likeable, the plot is predictable, the story moves really slow due to the one-shot format.. I can’t comprehend why everyone is praising this movie so much?
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.
Not knowing what will happen next was the most interesting in the movie. The point where it starts and ends is just unexpected.
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.
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
This movie blew my mind! Probably the only time I’ve felt real adrenaline watching a movie!
I have no idea why this film is praised so much it is honestly one of the worst things I’ve watched in my life, the plot is unrealistic the characters are nor worth investing in and seem so distant, the one shot real time format does not work well here and makes the film tedious and boring.