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One night in Berlin…

OUT NOW! The Berlinale splash and third feature by Sebastian Schipper, VICTORIA, isn't perfect, but nonetheless an incredible thrill – all shot in one take.

There are obvious flaws to this 140-minute romance-turned-heist-thriller shot entirely in one take (see our interview with the director) – the tempo drags in places and the banter-padded dialogue can prove seriously patience-testing. That said, there’s an undeniable thrill to the dangerous immediacy of real-time cinema. Every potential mistake a challenge, every rounded curve a triumph. Both leads also compel with superior range and emotional fluency in their performances. Like the volatile Berlin night it portrays, this film is unrefined but frisky, badly messed up but all the more alive.

Victoria | Directed by Sebastian Schipper (Germany 2015) with Laia Costa, Frederick Lau. Starts June 11

Originally published in issue #139, June 2015.