Victoria

Victoria ★★★½

Victoria is undeniably involving (the whole one-shot thing means that our mimetic identification of one screen events remains unbroken) however, the content is largely an exercise in banality. For the whole adherence to immersion that Schipper is going for here, the pedestrian dialogue and seeming aimlessness of real life, there's a lack of psychological believability from the outset (I have no problem with the actual plot/central event) - why would Victoria risk her safety in hanging around with such a clearly unstable group of men?
That said, technically it is thrilling to realise the execution of the film: the long running time is an excellent way of capturing the unfolding early morning and by its nature doesn't allow the audience a way off the ride, they too are committed to seeing this through.

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