‘Victoria’ reminds us what filmmaking is truly about.

Victoria tells the story of a young Spanish woman who has newly moved to Berlin finds her flirtation with a local guy turn potentially deadly as their night out with his friends reveals a dangerous secret.

Although this film doesn’t have the smoothness and hidden cuts of the singular take of Birdman, this film shows that the singular take is no gimmick and if done right, can definitely be pulled off and create a sense of suspense, despite its shaky movements. The almost nauseating cinematography, however, represents the breathing and living entities of the perfectly cast characters and it flowed naturally, giving us as the audience an insight into the dramatic turn of events that disrupts the protagonist’s life.

The crime aspect of the story isn’t particularly strong but this hardly matters as the film immediately takes a hold of you on this roller coaster ride and doesn’t let go until the closing seconds of the film. Because of how the film draws you in, you have to suffer through the same stupid decisions the small-time gangsters make along with the choices the protagonist Victoria makes also as she, and through her us, becomes more and more involved in this world. This is what makes Victoria so undeniably charming – it’s a gritty realistic film that’s very well made.

It’s films like these without the massive Hollywood studio budgeting and high profile stars before and behind the camera that make us remember what filmmaking is truly about.

Film-O-Meter: 8/10.

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