Victoria ★★★½

exploring the hour before, the minute during, and the hour after a Berlin bank heist, VICTORIA exhilaratingly blurs the line between form & function, even more so than most one-shot wonders. the details are... ugly, but the trajectory — the inertia of stupidity and the bad decisions at work here — is completely lucid.

long-takes, let alone long-takes that also double as features, are always more fun to discuss in the academic rather than pop arena. i'd rather deliver a treatise on Deleuze and the time-image than write a capsule review... which, to me, says something about the give-and-take between effect and immersion... i wonder if there's anything to be written about this that couldn't have been done about any of the shots in 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS... (or other films of its ilk)? maybe, as the dreadful copy of the film's tagline suggests ("this IS a bank robbery!"), the novel element here is one of simulation.

anyway, i have to go home now, my planet needs me.