A one-take movie of 2 hours and 20 minutes long which rips your nerves and shows you Berlin in a way you might not have seen it before. Here’s why you’ll fall in love with this moving picture.
If you are easily intrigued by the feeling after a party, when the sun is already out and your head is on cloud nine because you have lived through the blue hour, this film is one you can watch any time and still get goosebumps. It’s like glitter without the shine with a melancholy that only night birds might understand.
Call this a post-Christiane F kinda film, where Eros and Thanatos are subtly playing in a modern picture and where your wildest city after-party dreams turn into a shady never-ending story.
No plot line here. Just enter the cinema without any expectations or story reviews. The only thing you should know, is that the film is shot in just one take (of the three trials they had). The story starts with a young and dead beautiful girl, Victoria. She moved from Madrid to Berlin and this short epos is one of her nights out in the city that carries history on every cornerstone. Naive decisions blend with the innocent search for recognition and friendship. A nocturnal adventure where your heart melts a bit by the poetry evoked at 4 am. That’s about it.
“You are Berlin guys then?”
One of the reasons I always stay for the credits after a movie: music. For the first time, Nils Frahm composed a music score and he definitely couldn’t have picked a better movie to start with. I suggest you first have a look at the movie. And if you still click on the link I hope it makes you click Google after and makes you get a movie ticket.
When in Berlin, you can definitely sip from this dusty night melancholy in the streets, combined with a hallucinating modern dream feeling. I guess this film has the perfect dark blue tones, contrasted with the lantern lights and white disco glow. Shades of grey, deep shadows and very strong natural light make this film one of a kind.
Directed by Sebastian Schipper
Produced by Jan Dressler, Christiane Dressler & Sebastian Schipper
Written by Olivia Neergaard-Holm, Sebastian Schipper
Music by Nils Frahm
Cinematography by Sturla Brandth Grøvlen
Edited by Olivia Neergaard-Holm
Starring: Frederick Lau & Laia Costa
© Featured image by Carmen Catuti