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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.
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…
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…
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…
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…
Reality shares a certain kinship with Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy. The biggest theme that both films deal with is the obsession of fame, and how detrimental this is to individuals and society as a whole.
On its own terms, Reality is a fine, enjoyable feature that explores this previously stated theme. Though when compared with a film like The King of Comedy, Reality lacks severely.
For me, I think a large part of the problem is that the story needed to be told in a more surreal, ridiculous manner to really nail its point across.
Director Matteo Garrone does inject the film with a touch of surrealism, evident in the film's ugly, green-tinted cinematography and a memorable score…
Want to believe I would have identified this as a pretty unmistakable allegory without the advanced knowledge of what it’s “about,” but I’m still appreciative of the heavy lifting done by early reviews. Blind devotion to fame as a metaphor for religion is a little glib (or a lot glib if you’re the sort of person who gets easily offended by these kinds of allusions) but what it does is lend gravity to a fairly flimsy scenario while allowing Garrone to address a sacred cow without acting as a bludgeon. Little more than a trifle but one I still found myself receptive towards.
Interesante y rara actualización de Fellini y el neorrealismo italiano por la vía de la telerrealidad. El ritmo es extraño, largos planos secuencia en primer plano del protagonista con el entorno fuera de foco, pero contiene grandes hallazgos, como la grúa que comienza mostrando los sets de Gran Hermano y acaba en la fachada de Cinecitta (desolador), o el epifánico final.
I see what it's doing, but it's just not particularly enjoyable on a moment-to-moment basis.
Its a tug at ur heart and chug at ur brains film. Realistic and yet has a larger than life fantasy like quality to it. It makes a huge comment on how TV as a medium influences the common man and his dreams of making it big, one day. the symbolism in the opening and closing shots is fascinating. Portraying dreams to reality and then back to dreams.....Its an absolute delight to watch.....
Desire. Obsession. Delusion.
Luciano (Aniello Arena) is a fishmonger in Naples, there is not much money to make in that line of business so he makes some extra bucks with small time scams, by chance one day Luciano – almost unwillingly, he has much more concrete matters to attend – participates to an audition to cast a new season of the TV show Big Brother, from that moment onward Luciano’s perception of reality will be obsessed by the TV show and his only goal in life will be to become a member of the ¨house¨ – the TV stage where the Big Brother show is set. I will not go further describing the plot, Reality is a great film with a huge weakness:…
Apesar do ritmo moroso, com planos demasiadamente longos, o filme é uma ótima crítica a sociedade do deslumbramento e das celebridades televisivas (e quem as alça a este posto).
If Ordet were about narcissism, it might look like Reality. A fascinating examination of ethics. Garrone's visuals continue to impress.
- Beyond the Hills
- Spring Breakers
- Upstream Color
- Stories We Tell
- The Master
- Only God Forgives
- Room 237
The topic title says it all really.
In rough order of potential brilliance. Check out list view for any available…
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Based on films that received their original release in the UK in 2013. Whilst I found the summer a barren…