Victoria Review

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laia Costa Laia Costa
Frederick Lau Frederick Lau
Sonne
Franz Rogowski Franz Rogowski
Boxer
Burak Yigit Burak Yigit
Blinker
Max Mauff Max Mauff
Fuß
André Hennicke André Hennicke
Andi (as André M. Hennicke)

Plot- A young Spanish woman who has newly moved to Berlin finds her flirtation with a local guy turn potentially deadly as their night out with his friends reveals a dangerous secret.

Review – Victoria has to be one of the most incredible films I’ve ever seen. Not because it has characters for the ages- to call them one note would be generous. Nor for the highly quotable dialogue- the cast mumbles most of their lines and those that you can hear are best described as ‘functional.’ Although most of it is subtitled which probably spared me another nasty note from my neighbor when the guns started going off mid scene again.

Is it the plot? I mean it does hop between a number of genres, and definitely finishes up a different film from when it started, but at times it does seem a bit far fetched in the same way that 24 was because… well….

It’s all one take.

Victoria is a 134 minute long unbroken take with actors working from a mere 12 page script. And includes outdoor and action scenes. And was done In One Take.

And whereas Birdman used clever editing tricks to appear like it was done in one take, this film started filming at 4.30 am and finished at 7.00. At time of writing that’s a Guinness World Record (and will remain so until Iranian director Mahdi Fard Ghaderi releases Immortality at some point this year.)

It features an amazing performance from Laia Costa as the titular character who deserves every award she’s currently getting, and none of the other characters do themselves discredit, it’s just that they were pretty much indistinguishable from each other aside from Frederick Lau’s character who received a slight amount of characterization, but after a slightly draggy first act, the pace picks up and it becomes a non-issue.

As I said, it does stretch it’s credibility slightly and it could do with being ten minutes shorter (although what film couldn’t?) But for the performances, unpredictable plot and sheer guts it took to do this?

My Score- See It Now!

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