Victoria ★★

The movie that was marketed as "One City, One Night, One Take", Victoria, the tale of a girl that has a chance encounter that changes her life forever, boosts about its one take shot that is an accomplishment not tried since 2002's Russian Ark. The move should be praised for its artistic value but for the story, the cinematography just doesn't make for the most compelling shots(often just showing close shots of faces that add nothing to the story), but often capturing amazing looking shots even if it seems almost on accident.
Often the film also has to cheats elements of the story to keep the continuous shot going as the main actress, Laia Costa, plays a piano in a scene, but its clear she's not really playing in the scene and the piano piece the audience hears doesn't play what she's playing. Other times the camera moves away from showing character as they speak to avoid showing them talk(to give them a change to fix poorly delivered dialogue lines in post).
The film lacks character development and the characters make such poor decisions through the film that it's hard to really care about any of them as they get in dangerous situations.
Laia Costa is able to bring some emotion to her character and I was able to care about her, but making the story take place over night, it makes the drama seem odd when she has to care deeply about someone she meet only hours before and makes the drama not that believable.
The one take cinematography should be respected as the actors had to make sure they didn't mess up their performances, but everyone looks to be playing it safe here and the story never really goes into any new places that a film could go.

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