Film Reviews, Short Review

Victoria (2015)

3/4

Victoria has been winning plaudits left, right and centre since its release primarily for its cinematography: yes, this is one of those one-shot films, and no, it’s not a fake one like Birdman, but a genuine, honest-to-God movie done in one single take. The question of course, is whether that adds anything to the film. It does elevate a fairly standard crime thriller into something that feels more participatory, as if the audience is a direct but silent participant in the action. It is perhaps a bit too long (probably a result of the characters having to travel to the next location in between scenes, something that editing obviously cuts out), but a fine film it is nevertheless, held together in large part by Laia Costa’s effortless and natural performance as the titular character.

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