People's lives just aren't that interesting in single takes. They say a lot of stupid things. People who are trying to keep you continuously entertained are annoying in real life. They show off. They won't shut up. They end up doing really stupid shit. Like this movie.
It would be very rewarding if we cease to have to take with "À Bout de Souffle" updates (a foreign girl, a national trickster, police chases, cinema doing the new), strenuous artistically and with no function at all except to exhaust the capabilities of its derisive function.
As a good example of a single take film, and a recent one, there's Shahram Mokri's "Fish and Cat".
The fact the whole movie was shot in one single take from 4:30 AM to 07:00 AM without a cut itself is a brilliant achievement. Plus the intense storytelling and engaging acting mixed with that almost imposible (still possible tho) cinematography, Victoria is, imho, the best film of 2015, hands down, no contest!
This year's showboating one-take movie is about as good as last year's showboating one-take movie, even though it contains less showboating. The first hour is such a brilliant, magnificent evocation of the freedom/danger a young woman might feel when she's alone late at night on the town that it's a shame the film doesn't stick with it, opting instead for a heist plot that hinges like crazy on contrivance.
The starting psychedelia and visual nausea gave me some early Gaspar Noé vibes, but as Victoria's night crumbles into an exhilarating rollercoaster, you forget you're watching a movie, you're part of the movie. Technically outstanding, the +2 hours single take is filled with improvised dialogue and Nils Frahm's score provides the perfect atmosphere to it.
I am giving this movie 3 instead of 4 stars because it should have ended when they return to the bar after the holdup, instead the film dragged on in a ridiculous, almost painful way. I t could have been a perfect film.
In other movies, Long-take is just tool for representing dir's something to tell you. OH FUCK. But, in this movie, Long-take is purely pure long-take without meaning. So, "Victoria" is not movie, "Victoria" is long-take. Style named long-take without content. Most Idealistic movie for me. SUPERB, SUPERB, SUPERB, SUPERB, SUPERB, SUPERB, SUPERB. REVOLUTION. Milestone in film history, everlastingly artistic achievement.
Technically it's an interesting lesson in pre-production and planning in shooting an one take film....but it's a gimmick. Where the film lacks is in keeping momentum or even keeping it interesting. hat could have been an arresting 90m feature drags into tedium at 138m especially the middle section and a dragged out conclusion. Props for the planning and technique but a story editor and focused script were necessary.