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A dark comedy centering on the lives of a Neapolitan based family whose father, a fish merchant, is so infatuated with the reality TV show "Grande Fratello" (the Italian version of "Big Brother") he starts living his life as if he were on it.
Matteo Garrone, the 2008 winner of the Grand Prize of the Jury at the Cannes Film Festival for the excellent Gomorrah, transfers his ambitious directing style with hundreds of extras, dozens of characters and invigorating environments to bring something that might sound questionable at first glance: a comedy about a charismatic fish stand owner who agrees to audition for the next Big Brother show and, in the wait of his possible acceptance into the House, develops an increasing paranoia that begins to affect his own life, his family relationships and his acquaintances.
I'd never have the act of stereotyping as one of my intentions, but you know how the Italians are filmwise: intense dramatic overacting (which makes everything even more…
I haven't seen Matteo Garrone's previous film Gomorrah, but his most recent outing - one of 2013's most under appreciated films - is an excellent, cynical (and somewhat satirical) piece about the state of our society and its obsession with pointless media.
Presented in a darkly comic light, Reality follows a fish salesman living in Naples - Luciano, played excellently by Aniello Arena - who auditions to become a contestant on the reality show "Big Brother" after being persuaded by his children. After some promising signs, he starts to display something of an unhealthy infatuation with the show, as he becomes more paranoid and descends into a state of megalomania.
The film directly serves as a commentary on culture's obsession…
Reality, director Matteo Garrone’s follow-up to his award winning, Gomorrah, is a very different film from his breakout hit. This cynical and satirical story centres on a fishmonger obsessed with becoming a contestant on the Italian edition of Big Brother as his sense of reality is warped by his delusional desires.
Spurred on by his family and believing in his own brilliance, Luciano, becomes obsessed by his need for fame and fortune. Soon he is sure he is being monitored by television producers whilst his friends and family all become wrapped up in the self-made fever created by Luciano’s assurances.
Although Garrone’s target of reality-television and the lure of celebrity is an easy one he creates a pleasingly engaging cautionary…
Review from Next Projection
It’s easy to be cynical about reality television. The crass commercialism it comes cloaked in; the lewd exploitation it often bases itself on; the sheer vapidity and lowest-common-denominator pandering of its enterprise: these factors and more make it among the easier of targets for sneering glances and snide remarks. What’s harder to do, and all the more impressive when accomplished successfully, is to say something meaningful about reality TV and its connection to our lives and our society. Matteo Garrone does just that with Reality—the follow-up to his breakthrough 2008 success with Gomorrah—and the character of Luciano, a husband, father, and humble fishmonger whose desire to land a place on the latest season of Big Brother…
I had high hopes for this one after reading a lot of the praise coming out of Cannes, but while it has some excellent moments, it never achieves what I think it sets out to be. The idea of a man consumed by trying to get on a reality show is interesting, but the true psychosis of what was going on never really came through.
I firmly believe the director should have chopped about fifteen minutes off this film as it really dragged in some places. That alone would have bumped the film up in my estimation; it starts out at a decent pace, but about half-way through grinds to a screeching halt. Keeping that momentum going would have really…
No words can describe my love for this right now.
What happens when one man shoots for the stars and auditions for a reality tv show? Well, in the case of Reality, a lot happens.
A mixture of black humor and social commentary, Reality puts viewers through a marathon of changing emotions, ranging from happiness to dread.
Watched this for an Italian language class I'm taking. I thought it was a really fantastically done, heart-wrenching movie with an absolutely fantastic score. The way the film played out had me captivated, and I really felt for the lead character, his wife, and his friend. Great characters, all.
"...there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands...who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time--houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands...and in the age to come, eternal life."
A whimsical fable set in a garish Neopolitan world. Fun stuff.
Matteo Garrone's Reality is surprisingly entertaining, well directed but a little emotionally hollow.
We follow Luciano, a fishmonger who becomes obsessed with starring in the Italian Big Brother (Grande Fratello) so that his reality starts to distort, skewed in favour of his delusions of fame.
The core of the film is such an interesting concept to explore, especially for a country like Italy with such a focus on cheap, pop culture - I know my family is Italian - but Garrone only touches on the most emotive part of this equation: the destruction of the family.
In true Italian fashion there are a lot of people shouting at each other, vying to have their opinions heard but we are rarely…
Ever-so-slightly surreal and tragic tale of a man's obsession with Reality TV and becoming famous. Many funny moments but overall a somewhat melancholic film.
Muy bien llevado el tema que podía escaparse fácilmente por sonar trivial. Una buena mezcla de comedia negra, drama y cinismo, junto con buenas actuaciones. La cinematografía es muy bonita.
Uno dei miei film preferiti. Assolutamente splendido. Esasperatamente realistico.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
- Beyond the Hills
- Spring Breakers
- Upstream Color
- Stories We Tell
- The Captive
- Clouds of Sils Maria
- Goodbye to Language
- The Homesman
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the festival began in 1946.…
- The Master
- Only God Forgives
- Room 237
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