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SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL: ‘Victoria’ (2015)

Jun 13, 2015 Phil Parker 0 Quick Film Reviews , , , ,

‘Victoria’: the 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
  • Run 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

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4226388/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Phil Parker

Phil Parker is a working screenwriter with clients in several countries. His highly awarded WWII script 'The Third Bomb' has been optioned by BAFTA-winning producer Sias Wilson. He also recently completed screenwriting work on 'Kindred', an Aboriginal sci-fi script for Red Centre Films; and 'Catsaway', an animated adventure for Tent Pictures Productions. In a previous life, he wrote, edited and produced promos and original videos for broadcast on four different BBC channels. His spot for 'Frontline War' beat out competitors from around the world to win Silver at the Global Excellence Promax BDA Awards in New York. Phil also offers script doctor and script analysis services for Auspol Media. Available for hire.

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