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Reality2012

  • 3.7
From acclaimed director Matteo Garrone, REALITY is a darkly comic look at Luciano, a charming and affable fishmonger whose unexpected and sudden obsession with being a contestant on the reality show "Big Brother" leads him down a rabbit hole of skewed perceptions and paranoia. So overcome by his dream of being on reality television, Luciano's own reality begins to spiral out of control, making for one of the most compelling tragicomic character studies since Martin Scorsese's THE KING OF COMEDY.

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"A prizewinner at Cannes, [Matteo] Garrone's film grows in your head afterward, making royal hash out of a cultural paradigm we'll be loath to remember years from now..." - Michael Atkinson, the Village Voice


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Disguised as a comedic critique on the pursuit of fame, this film invites us to reflect on the christian relationship to an omnipresent god and the hope for an eternal reward in heaven.

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Disguised as a comedic critique on the pursuit of fame, this film invites us to reflect on the christian relationship to an omnipresent god and the hope for an eternal reward in heaven.

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Fantastic character study among beautiful sets and troubling dilemmas. 5 stars is not enough for this prescient film.

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This movie made me sad because the main character might of seemed completely fabricated two decades ago, and now he is all too real. An excellent visit to Italy and all its drama.

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The film doesn't seem to be offered on this site, just the 2 min trailer. Disappointing.

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The saturated, sometimes solarized color effects against the beautiful stone Italian setting accentuates the heightened, obsessive compulsive trek to achieve the most sublime state of existence. Ultra reality is just fantasy, we watch how Luciano flips the two, and yet the film doesn't take us to a depressive state over it. Much the same way that in mainstream society, everyone's obsession with celebrity and the camera is ... perfectly fine.

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This is the most interesting, funny, thought provoking and goofy movie I'v seen in a long time. Love and illusion deeply felt.

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escaping making a commentary, not getting into specifics, blending the realist film-making trends like Vittoria De Sica with a surrealist world that isn't forced into the film like a cliche sci-fi movie, the robots for example, are nothing more than mere household gadgets and not simply mantlepieces to adore all thorough-out the film, the recent reality show trends permeate the script in which one wants to be real in a reality show, but has one identity stolen and used among the actors who portray reality in a reality show, life is absorbed like a sponge, that is artificial television, entertainment is always an escape from our lives, that our lives, can be an escape from reality to give us entertainment, that our banal reality can be a dream.

Comparing the Big Brother to the eye of God, REALITY is a socio-psychological research of how our believes -- particularly our believe in being observed and the faith in a reward following our actions -- influences and transforms our personality. Blurring the lines between being and appearing, which are perfect opposites for the Christian theology but indeed one is a tool for the other, Luciano can only hope for a deus ex machina hand of God's help (starring at Enzo's club appearance from the crowd and trying to call him), while in the meantime holding on his faith and turning reality into a conspiracy world.

As original as anything I've seen recently.

Excellent.

Builds a wonderful world of it's own. Can't help but getting sucked in.

This is an incredible movie, Luciano's life is probably more real than people in the reality show, which makes the title itself great.

It's interesting to think how fame can change and control people's mind, it's more powerful than money for sure. The paranoiac Luciano's state of mind makes himself think that he's being watched, in profound details. Hard to say if even George Orwell's 1984 could think about it.

great film-beautiful

Is there any italian subtitle available?

I loved the European atmosphere and customs. It is very different in the USA.

great movie. sad as our society

fantastic in every way,,,,,,a warning to the weak minded.

Needless to say, everyone lives in their own reality....