Friday, January 29, 2016

Victoria - A No Spoiler Film Review

 

MUN Cinema Series


Here in St. John’s, MUN (Memorial University) hosts a cinema series at the Avalon Mall every Wednesday at 7pm. This semester’s line of movies started two weeks ago, but because of stuff we didn’t get to go.

We did however go to this Wednesday’s showing and I am so glad we are back. The fun thing about going is that Bruce and I are never sure what the movie will be about. It’s a fun way to discover the stories and we always leave with something to talk about. To date we haven’t seen a movie we didn’t like.


Victoria

 


This week's feature was a 2015 German film directed by Sebastian Schipper and if you want a super no spoilers review… It is definitely worth a watch. The cinematography style and acting is fresh and authentic and the plot is filled with the right amount of suspense. It feels like you’re walking side by side the characters in real time. It's believable and thought provoking.

If you want to know a little bit more, read on…



One City. One Night. One Take


The film follows Victoria (Laia Costa), a Spanish young woman in her mid-twenties who has been living in Berlin for 3 months. She doesn’t know any German, doesn’t seem to have any friends and is out for a night on the town.

We meet her at a club at 4:00am as she is getting ready to head home when she comes across four German men around her age who are slightly intoxicated and offer to show her a good time and the “real Berlin”.

From the beginning I was nervous for Victoria. Having no idea what she was in for, it was hard for me to predict what was going to be her fate, especially at the beginning.

The whole movie was shot in one take and it’s all the better for it. You see the events unfold in real time and follow the characters for two and a half hours. While the story itself is suspenseful in it’s own right, the single take gives it a raw and believable essence that would be lost with cuts and jumps.

The acting was authentic, real and mostly improvised. Even so, dialogue throughout the movie foreshadowed events to come which was one of my favorite parts about the film. In fact, it is worth watching a second time just so you can better appreciate those moments of foreshadowing.

I feel like I learned a lot about the characters in these few hours and came to understand their motivations and drives. It was very well done and I was immensely satisfied after watching it.

As the movie nears it’s end you might be better able to predict what will happen but even so the acting is believable and it makes you wonder what you would have done in the same situation.

All in all I give it a 10 out of 10. A high ranking I know but I can’t help but appreciate all the work that must have gone into making this film seem so real and fluid, and as I’ve said before, authentic.



I recommend watching this movie and if you don't agree with my praise for it, so be it. Tell me why!

This has been a LittleCely No Spoiler Review.












2 comments:

  1. Sounds great! Will keep an eye out for it. One of the drawbacks of living on a small Caribbean island is the lack of film festivals or other opportunities to see non-commercial (i.e., non-Fast&Furious) movies. I grew up in Mexico and alternative film screenings were a regular part of my life for many years... The good news is that, as of two years ago, Curaçao is hosting a rerun of Rotterdam's annual International Film Festival—who knows, maybe Victoria will make it into the roster this year :)

    Thanks so much for the recommendation. Looking forward to your Lost & Found post tomorrow!
    Guilie @ Quiet Laughter & Life In Dogs

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  2. Thanks for the comment =D. I love film festivals and I'm sure there will definitely be films worth watching even if they don't show Victoria. But at least now you'll have it on your radar if ever you come across it.

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