RELEASED 2015 RUNTIME 138 MIN LANGUAGE GERMAN DIRECTION SEBASTIAN SCHIPPER SCREENPLAY OLIVIA NEERGAARD-HOLM, SEBASTIAN SCHIPPER, EIKE FREDERIK SCHULZ STARRING LAIA COSTA, FREDERICK LAU, FRANZ ROGOWSKI, MAX MAUFF, BURAK YIGIT, ANDRE HENNICKE MUSIC NILS FRAHM
This one is tough. OK first of all, this movie’s artistic value is enormous! You thought Birdman is crazy because it looks like filmed in one shot (obviously there is digital patching between takes, so…), but THIS movie is really shot in one single 140min take. I read that there was no screenplay, only a treatment and that the actors practiced filming the various scenes for 3 months prior to shooting. The movie was shot 3 times at 3 nights. After the third shooting the director was finally satisfied. Great praise must be given the cinematographer who held his camera for 2,5 hours shooting that thing. Also because it was shot this way the movie’s dialogue and characters come across incredibly natural because it was all improvised. There are scenes that would have never turned out the way they did if scripted. Hell, half of the stuff no one could have scripted. You really feel like in a real environment watching real people in front of you and creating an incredible atmosphere!
MY PERSONAL ISSUE
What hurts the movie the most is the unrealistic plot. The main protagonist, Victoria, might win the prize for the absolute dumbest character in 2015. Sorry, but the are several situations in the movie where a person with a decent common sense would not act this way. Yes yes, she was partying and it was late at night, but that’s no excuse for some of her decisions. There were 3 situations in the movie where she could have just said “no” and she would have been fine. But because of her, sorry, stupidity she ultimately lost me completely to a point where I was rooting against her. I just couldn’t believe some of her decision making. I won’t spoil for you if she got what she deserved wink emoticon but man… She was just so dumb. It’s one thing to have a naive protagonist. But to have one without any common sense is a different story. Also, I feel bad for the many spaniards living in Berlin for being portrayed that way.
To summarize it: an incredible movie with super high artistic value (no wonder it is getting all the hype here in Germany) but with an incredibly unbelievable plot. Maybe a script would have been necessary after all…
But I would still recommend it. Maybe you won’t have the issues I have with it. It seems like I’m pretty alone with my opinion after all 😉
Btw. Great soundtrack (really gets you into the Berlin vibe).