Victoria

Victoria

DVD - 2016 | German
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Victoria, a young woman from Madrid, meets four local Berliners outside a nightclub. Sonne and his friends promise to show her a good time and the real side of the city. But these lads are in trouble and they owe someone a dangerous favor that requires repaying that evening. As Victoria's flirtation with Sonne deepens into something more, he convinces her to come along for the ride. As the night takes on an ever more menacing character, what started out as a good time quickly spirals out of control.
Publisher: [Long Island City, NY] :, Adopt Films,, [2016]
Branch Call Number: GER DVD FEATURE VIC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (138 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
DVD video,4 3/4 in.,rda
digital,optical,stereo,Dolby digital,rda
widescreen (2.35:1),rda
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breemu
Sep 13, 2019

Although I did enjoy some aspects of this movie (eventually!) I couldn't stop wondering WHAT young woman, especially in a foreign country and all on her own, would take up with FOUR drunken men she'd just met outside a nightclub (and whose language she doesn't speak or understand). I kept expecting her to get raped! So I dropped a star from the rating because her joining a group of drunken men she's only just met is the entire base of the movie but it's incredulous (I would hope!!!) that any woman would ever do such a thing.

And then there's all the danger later that she mostly just breezes through. Maybe she's supposed to be mentally ill and/or not quite "with it". It does become known her life has taken a recent and abrupt detour from what she'd expected, but that happens to most people at some point or other in their life - are we supposed to think she's that discombobulated? She's certainly very bright, witty, capable, and in control in a number of other situations.

And then the ending shot.... Has she turned an important corner mentally? Or will she continue a risky, criminal life because this brush with high stakes danger paid off? And what about the really bad bad-guy? Doesn't she have to worry about him? Surely he'll want his money back? The entire movie is pretty much an open-ended question.

But props for doing it all in one take. Seriously. That alone is worth the stars.

Captions are included for the German parts but it would have been nice to have captions for the English parts too as it's often hard to understand what anyone is saying in English with their strong German accents.

And there probably should be an epilepsy warning or something, as there's a solid two and a half minutes of brutal, headache-inducing strobe light at the very start of the movie.

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firefly5
Mar 24, 2018

German movie. Did not watch.

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TtamioO
Mar 08, 2018

Choosing to make a nihilistic film with the technique of one long shot done on a low budget requires it to be at least intelligent, attractive or funny. Otherwise you could watch the news to see the real thing for an hour. If it's the technique that is important, then go for the bigger budgets of Birdman or The Russian Ark. If it's minimalism, then check out Run, Lola, Run.

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Gorji
Aug 04, 2017

The first half of this long (2:18h) German movie is totally unnecessary and irrelevant to to second half. The second half involves four dimwitted hooligans, and a girl with severe psychological problems, involved in a heist. The whole effort is devoid of any redeeming qualities. The fact it was filmed in one take has some viewers (and critics) drooling. However, this does not add anything to the film. Some good editing would probably have made it look less amateurish.

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fdb045
Mar 17, 2017

Made in Germany automatically means it's not a Hollywood movie which is a good thing. Certainly different. I enjoyed it.

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uncommonreader
Sep 01, 2016

I was curious about this film, done in one shot, in real time. This aspect of it was very well done, but the film is much more. Watch it.

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empbee
Aug 27, 2016

An unrealistic story in a realistic environment stretched with long and monotonous scenes.

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Nursebob
May 31, 2016

Director Sebastian Schipper has made one of this year’s most astonishing movies—a gutsy thriller filmed in one amazing take with a handheld camera constantly hovering around Victoria as she manoeuvres her way in and out of buildings, cars, and city streets while she and her newfound buddies weather one crisis after another. This wild cinematography combined with a keen sense of light and colour transform a quiet warren of downtown streets into a neon jumble whose hellish discotheques and soaring rooftops seem more like a setting for Goethe’s "Faust" than contemporary Berlin. Definitely one of my top films this year.

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trotter73
Mar 21, 2016

the movie was too long. you can honestly skip the first hour and not miss anything (just a bunch of boring gibberish).
Plus I didn't like the lead character (she made so many dumb decisions), so the ending annoyed me.

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gsoone
Sep 08, 2016

Victoria, a young woman from Madrid, meets four local Berliners outside a nightclub. Sonne and his friends promise to show her a good time and the real side of the city. But these lads are in trouble and they owe someone a dangerous favor that requires repaying that evening. As Victoria's flirtation with Sonne deepens into something more, he convinces her to come along for the ride. As the night takes on an ever more menacing character, what started out as a good time quickly spirals out of control. 84%/83%

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