Victoria is a Spanish girl in Berlin. She meets four mates outside a club who introduce themselves as Sonne, Boxer, Blinker and Fuß. Victoria and Sonne start to flirt. The problem is that Sonne has to finish a little job with his gang, and they decide to take Victoria with them. A long night ensues.
An entire drama shot in a single camera movement? It’s not only possible, it’s thrilling. Few films in recent memory have used the long take to such a audacious extreme as Victoria, a bravura, serpentine tour of a single night in Berlin held in the camera’s taut suspense.
Schipper’s low-budget drama about a reckless young girl’s excursion into the world of crime would be an ordinary enough affair were it not for the astonishing fact that he and cinematographer Sturla Brandth Grøvlen shot the whole film in a single take, roaming the streets of Berlin to encompass 22 different locations en route. Bolstered by an atmospheric score by Nils Frahm and masterful performances by its young leads… the result is a lively and engrossing exercise in creative swagger.
Armrest-clenching adrenaline and the impulsivity of Berlin’s “anything goes” hedonism combine with technical virtuosity in Sebastian Schipper’s impressive arthouse twist on the heist movie. In one long, exhilarating take in real time through 22 locations and with a pounding electronic soundtrack by Nils Frahm Victoria reels us along with a Spanish ex-pat (Laia Costa) from a night out clubbing into a bank robbery with sensitive tough Sonne (Frederick Lau) and his friends.
Victoria is unthinkable without Sturla Brandth Grøvlen’s unfailingly dazzling camera work, which earned him a deserved Silver Bear at this year’s Berlinale, as well as the first slot in the film’s closing credits. A covert member of the group and participant in every action, his versatile camera injects each scene with the requisite mood, conveying Victoria’s shifting frame of mind.
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.
If Kaurismäki watched 'Victoria' I bet he would reconsider his statement about the cinema being dead since 1962. This movie is such a slap on the face, proving that there is always a room for new "Original-never done before" masterpieces. It's just perfect!
With all the fallacies of rational actions, that just make one be all "guys, c'mon, don't", this is still one of the best 2015 films I've seen. Excellent acting and superb suspense. Ever had a strange night, meeting morning with random people doing random shit? This one gives the same feeling, x 10.
What a brilliant film. The dialogue was amazing, with most of it being improvised, the soundtrack by Nils Frahm is really good, the acting, the camera work obviously, etc etc. This one-take wonder is definitely a must-watch for cinema lovers.
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.
Few films have attempted to tell a story in a single take...successfully- even fewer. This is a two part film- part one a love story and part two a tragedy. Brilliant acting, gritty realism, with strokes of genius in lighting and music throughout. Nothing less than a masterpiece! My vote for Best Foreign Feature 2015 hands down.
Schipper's idea of capturing the whole film with one single shot and therefore using a moving camera which is always close to the protagonists creates a special atmosphere of restlessness. The fermatas of this adrenaline kick are often derived from a special treatment of sound, e.g. the moment of Victoria's piano performance or the second stop in the club where the whole soundscape is faded out.