Rent Victoria (2015)

3.5 of 5 from 519 ratings
2h 12min
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Synopsis:
Exhilarating and astonishingly ambitious, "Victoria" is an adrenaline-fuelled heist thriller set on the streets of nighttime Berlin that features the staggering technical feat of being shot in a single, unbroken take. Victoria, a young woman from Madrid, meets four local guys outside a nightclub in the early hours of the morning. Sonne and his friends are Berliners who promise to show her the real side of the city. But when the group are suddenly forced to repay a debt to a member of the city's criminal underworld, the night quickly spirals out of control.
Actors:
, , , , , , Eike Frederik Schulz, Hans-Ulrich Laux, , , , Andreas Schmittka, Jan Breustedt, David Micas, , , , Ansgar Ballendat, Anne Düe,
Directors:
Producers:
Catherine Baikousis, Jan Dressler, David Keitsch, Anatol Nitschke, Sebastian Schipper, Christiane Dressler
Writers:
Olivia Neergaard-Holm, Sebastian Schipper, Eike Frederik Schulz
Others:
Sturla Brandth Grøvlen
Studio:
Curzon / Artificial Eye
Genres:
Thrillers
Countries:
Germany, Top 100 Films, Thrillers
Awards:

2015 Berlinale Silver Bear for an Outstanding Artistic Contribution

BBFC:
Release Date:
23/05/2016
Run Time:
132 minutes
Languages:
English, German, Spanish
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary with Director Sebastian Schipper
  • Casting Scenes
  • Camera Test
  • Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
23/05/2016
Run Time:
136 minutes
Languages:
English, German, Spanish
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary with Director Sebastian Schipper
  • Casting Scenes
  • Camera Test
  • Trailer

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Reviews (9) of Victoria

AMATEURISH SINGLE-SHOT BORE - Victoria review by Alphaville

Spoiler Alert
18/07/2016

Well, it's a cheap and fast way of making a film. Shoot two hours of footage in a single handheld take and don't edit it. Sure, it's a technical tour de force. So what? Improvisation rarely works with actors and even more rarely with the camera. For half an hour Victoria wanders the streets of Berlin with a bunch of losers. Yawn, yawn. Best of luck sticking with it this far before any plot sets in. It's impossible to care about any of the characters, even the photogenic but gullible and irritatingly stupid Victoria.

After a whole hour she joins the losers in a heist Some frenetic home-movie wobble-cam (the worst since Blair Witch) is used to mimic tension but this only increases the arbitrariness of the image and makes the screen even harder to watch. Call it cinema verite, call it guerrilla filmmaking, it's still like watching the home movie of someone who can't hold a camera steady. And there's still another hour to sit through. All-in-all, 132 minutes you'll never get back.

Ignore the unaccountably good reviews this style-free so-called film somehow garnered. Some critics would probably see the emperor's clothes. It is simply one terrible home movie, like a talentless version of Run Lola Run. Watch that again instead.

3 out of 5 members found this review helpful.

So good - Victoria review by AM

Spoiler Alert
03/01/2017

Shot in one take. 4 of the 5 reviews mention this. It seems to be the only thing anyone knows. It's an outstanding technical achievement (this isn't a film set in one place, it moves location constantly, and the camera has to move with it), but it's also a great decision as it helps drive the film forward, and to lock my attention in. There are, unquestionably, one or two points where the decisions Victoria makes are odd (particularly early on) and I knocked a star off for that.

Alphaville mentioned Run Lola Run - also a really good film, and with undoubted similarities. Watch both.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Dire - Victoria review by CB

Spoiler Alert
18/10/2017

I persevered for an event-free 20 minutes, then gave up out of sheer boredom. The actors seemed to be enjoying themselves, not too sure why.

1 out of 4 members found this review helpful.

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