Sydney Film Festival – film#8: Victoria- worst night on the town EVER?!

Admittedly, the list of German films I have seen in the last 20 years is short…

  • Das Boot
  • Downfall
  • Ron Lola Run.

Based solely on that list you’d think I would be more of a fan, those are all amazing films. Well, after watching Victoria, the time has come to start digesting more German cinema I think.

This was a fantastic movie on many levels. For the first half of the film the tension was almost unbearable for one reason, and then suddenly everything changed, and the tension was again unbearable but for completely different reasons. It is engaging and gripping stuff, shot supposedly in one long two hour non-stop shot, which makes it feel like you are watching things unfold in real time. It’s an emotional roller coaster, from loneliness to love to violent crime and finally to…well, I won’t give it away. Suffice it to say, the director manages to avoid expectations and hands out lots of energetic surprises. This was definitely time well spent.

GRADE 8.5/10

(Germany) Dir: Sebastian Schipper; Writer: Sebastian Schipper, Olivia Neergaard-Holm, Elke Schulz

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