VICTORIA (Sebastian Schipper). Some subtitles. 138 minutes. Opens Friday (October 30). See listings. Rating: NNVictoria opens in the wee hours.
VICTORIA (Sebastian Schipper). Some subtitles. 138 minutes. Opens Friday (October 30). See listings. Rating: NN
Victoria opens in the wee hours of a Berlin morning and rolls right through to dawn, telling the story of a young Spanish woman (Laia Costa) who meets some guys at a Berlin dance club, hangs out with them for a while and winds up as their wheelman in a bank robbery all in real time, in one unbroken shot.
Its tricky, complicated filmmaking, but the gimmick works against the chosen genre. Editing contributes to a thrillers momentum and tension, and some judicial trimming would actually have helped tighten Victorias narrative, cutting some of the duller sections of the script, written by Olivia Neergaard-Holm, Eike Frederik Schulz and director Sebastian Schipper.
A tighter movie would also have better served Costas compelling performance, and her fizzy connection with Frederick Laus morally ambiguous thug.
Instead, its an experiment that only works in fits and starts.