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- Starring: Aniello Arena, Claudia Gerini, Giuseppina Cervizzi, Loredana Simioli, Nando Paone, Nello Iorio, Nunzia Schiano, Paola Minaccioni, Raffaele Ferrante, Rosaria D'Urso
- Summary: Luciano, a charming and affable fishmonger, becomes obsessed with being a contestant on the reality show “Big Brother” leading him down a rabbit hole of skewed perceptions and paranoia. So overcome by his dream of being on reality TV, Luciano’s own reality begins to spiral out of control. [Ool. [Oscilloscope Pictures ]… Expand
- Director: Matteo Garrone
- Genre(s): Drama, Comedy
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100The movie’s a funny, dark, increasingly razor-sharp inquiry into the metaphysics of modern fame — how the dream of “being seen” and thus validated on some primal level can completely unhinge the average schmo.
91The reality-show aesthetic pervades the movie as well. Garrone's roaming camera style draws you into each moment with extreme close-ups and long takes that wander through each scene and get lost in it. Luciano's plight is crushing because Garrone renders it with such detail.
80While Reality is a mixed bag of satire, allegory and melodrama, it’s a rich mixture that an American remake would likely never pull off. This is a movie that will reward multiple viewings, from a filmmaker of tremendous technical ability, humor and heart.
60In short, there are moments, in this very uneven film with its lamination of the ancient and the monstrously new, when the spirit of Fellini hovers overhead like a naughty angel. [25 March 2013, p.109]