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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

Screenwriter Phil Parker is one of ISA's Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2018. His multi-award winning WWII script is being packaged by BAFTA-winning producer Sias Wilson in London; and two animation projects he was hired to work on are in development with Tent Pictures in Abu Dhabi. Phil is also a sought-after script consultant with clients in Australia, the US and England.

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