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.
|Release Date||:||June 11, 2015|
|Genres||:||Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller|
|Production Company||:||ARTE, Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), Radical Media, Deutschfilm, MonkeyBoy|
|Writers||:||Eike Frederik Schulz, Olivia Neergaard-Holm, Sebastian Schipper|
|Casts||:||Laia Costa, Frederick Lau, Franz Rogowski, Burak Yigit, Max Mauff, André Hennicke, Anna Lena Klenke, Eike Frederik Schulz|
|Plot Keywords||:||berlin, long take, bullet wound, bank robbery, real time, techno music, shot in a single take, running from police|
As a Berlin native (and around the same age as the protagonists) I really sunk into this movie. The endless club nights, the locations, the expats, the shitty drunk English conversations, even the childish nagging between Sonne, Boxer, Blinker and Fuss hit home. For me it was wonderful to see how "accurate" these characters were displayed, since I now at least one real person that fits each character.
Now, I'm not just giving this movie a pass for that alone. Amazingly, most of the dialogue was improvised, which is an achievement for itself, but also adds to the realism of the characters. And listen guys, the whole movie is ONE SINGLE SHOT! That's right. You will witness a +2 hour movie with countless changing locations and improvised dialogue. And I haven't even talked about the score. Nils Frahm knows what he is doing when changing techno with slow pace ambient.
While I agree that in between the pace of the movie is slow, it never took me out of the movie. The story, while being nothing special, lives through the characters and cinematic style.
If you have the chance to witness this movie in the theaters, I wholeheartedly recommend it.