Victoria (Laia Costa) meets a group of men who on leaving a club, promise to show her the 'real' Berlin. Before she realises it she is sucked into a world of armerd robbery and shady characters that she never expected to encounter.
It is very rare these days that I would pick up a DVD without having seen the film first. Taking a chance on things used to be a more regular occurrence. However the good press and word of mouth surrounding Victoria made me break this habit and take a chance. I'm pleased to say though that this time it paid off!
Victoria is in essence a simple film. A small cast of characters, a simple premise and an electrifying pace that keep the viewers heart rate up and pumps adrenaline from the initial bass beats we hear in the club where we meet our lead.
Much has been written about the special filming method of Victoria. The one take / continuous shot not only draws in the viewer but also helps us feel part of the 'real time' happenings on screen. It would be impossible to watch Victoria and not be sucked into her world and if anything I regret not seeing the film in the cinema as I imagine that this would only intensify the experience.
Clocking in at slightly over two hours (as is a common trend in film these days) I'm happy to say that the pace and performances are engaging enough to ensure that my watch was never checked and I was actually shocked that the end came around so quickly.
Victoria is proof that when done well film can be minimalist and still engaging. The CGI borefests that drape themselves on our screens this summer could learn a thing or ten from films like Victoria. Even more pleasing is the fact that Victoria proves that word of mouth works make sure you seek it out!
Victoria is available now on DVD/Blu ray & digital download