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Victoria (2015)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 11 June 2015 (Germany)
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A young Spanish woman who has recently moved to Berlin finds her flirtation with a local guy turn potentially deadly as their night out with his friends reveals a dangerous secret.

Director:

Sebastian Schipper

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Sebastian Schipper (story), Olivia Neergaard-Holm (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laia Costa ... Victoria
Frederick Lau ... Sonne
Franz Rogowski ... Boxer
Burak Yigit Burak Yigit ... Blinker
Max Mauff ... Fuß
André Hennicke ... Andi (as André M. Hennicke)
Eike Frederik Schulz Eike Frederik Schulz ... Barkeeper
Hans-Ulrich Laux Hans-Ulrich Laux ... Taxifahrer (as Hans Ulrich Laux)
Lena Klenke Lena Klenke ... Junge Mutter (as Anna Lena Klenke)
Philipp Kubitza Philipp Kubitza ... Junger Vater
Martin Goeres ... SEK 1
Andreas Schmitka Andreas Schmitka ... SEK 2 (as Andreas Schmittka)
Jan Breustedt Jan Breustedt ... Hooligan kurze Haare
David Micas David Micas ... Hooligan lange Haare
Timo Honsa ... Zivilfahnder 1
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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One girl. One city. One night. One take.


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Country:

Germany

Language:

German | English | Spanish | Turkish

Release Date:

11 June 2015 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Виктория See more »

Filming Locations:

Mitte, Berlin, Germany See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,191,971
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Shot in one single continuous shot (134 minutes). See more »

Goofs

When Victoria and Sonne hop on the back of the cab during the getaway they both get in through one door, but when they close it two thumps are heard, their door and the cameraman's. See more »

Quotes

Sonne: What is this shit? What is this shit? Boxer, what is this shit, man?
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Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Movies Told in Real Time (2017) See more »

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Music for the Motion Picture Victoria
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Written by Nils Frahm
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Devotes As Much Attention To Its Story As It Invests In Its Technically Challenging Production
21 December 2015 | by CinemaClownSee all my reviews

Shot in real time, filmed in one continuous take & made all the more believable by excellent performances from its cast, Victoria has that foreboding ambiance that keeps giving off the vibe that something unfortunate is about to happen all the time and even though its single- take gimmick is attention grabbing, it's the story & characters that hold this film together.

Victoria covers a couple of hours in the life of its titular character, a young Spanish woman in Berlin who, while leaving a club one early morning, meets four local guys who invite her to hang out with them for a while, to which she agrees. Although her adventurous night out with them ends on an amicable note, a last-minute favour asked by the guys alters her life forever.

Co-written & directed by Sebastian Schipper, the story of Victoria could've been easily told without the filmmakers trying to be ambitious with the camera but that added inventiveness brings an admiration of its own. The first half establishes the background of the characters as they stroll through Berlin streets & roofs but the next half is one nail-bitingly tense thriller that ups the ante considerably.

Its single take lasting 138 minutes might be the combined result of clever editing, seamless switching & careful masking but what impressed me most is the fact that despite it being an impressive technical feat, it never for once overshadows the unfolding drama which remains the centerpiece throughout its runtime. The actors are highly convincing in their given roles, which only gets better as the plot progresses, and it only helps in further uplifting the story.

On an overall scale, Victoria ends on a far better note than where it appeared to be heading during the first act, keeps its main focus on the titular character from beginning to end, and manages to be an emotionally rewarding experience with or without the one-shot gimmick. Devoting as much attention to its story as it invests in pulling off its technically challenging production, this German thriller deserves to be ranked amongst the finest films of this year. Thoroughly recommended.


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