Reality Reviews

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Super Reviewer
October 6, 2012
Garrone uses many elegant long takes and an evoking soundtrack to tell this fascinating, dream-like character study about a common fishmonger who gradually grows obsessed with the idea of being famous - leading him to mix his yearnings with reality.
Super Reviewer
September 10, 2013
A fishmonger from Naples loses his grip on reality as he waits to hear back from his audition for the Italian version of the "Big Brother" TV show. Slow but rich, with layers of satire and allegory and great long tracking shots of glorious Naples.
½ May 29, 2015
Once again, I seem to be alone in my opinion on this film. I watched it again just to be sure I hadn't missed something. For me, this movie was just dull.
½ November 13, 2013
A critique of the society that is bewitched by the idiocy of the reality shows but told in a slow and boring way. Basically the movie keeps saying the same things in the same way for its entire duration.
November 9, 2013
Billed as a comedy, it is really anything but. The main character's obsession with making it on Reality TV starts a downward spiral that destroys his mostly stable life. He gives up his own reality in an attempt to achieve broader recognition and fame, but he loses both realities in the process.
August 29, 2013
a movie that's not one that tells you what to think or not .a very good Character study that makes you think about your dreams to be better than you are but how to not loess your self . could have been cut down but not at all a bad ride
½ August 27, 2013
the natural answer to "Cinema Paradiso"
½ August 19, 2013
A partly funny yet ultimately sad tale of a man whose hope for success spirals him down into paranoia and destruction. Brilliantly acted and deftly directed, this deliberately paced and consuming drama about fame and it's broken promises is a must see.
½ July 26, 2013
A bit too bizarre, the protagonist is too unrelatable to be generalized.
The comments with regard to other social constructs besides reality TV shows is too vague.
July 20, 2013
Grimm's Fairy Tales meets The Wild West via Hollywood. Script laughable in places but laugh out loud in others. Great entertainment. A third or fourth date movie. It's not pretending to be Ingmar Bergman, but hokum entertainment and it delivers without letting up the pace throughout.
May 25, 2013
Sometimes I found it slow and boring, sometimes interesting and moving. A true sad story.
May 21, 2013
For Italian comedy lovers, great direction, touching characters,... we miss Italy on screen.
May 15, 2013
Effective satire about a fame-obsessed individual who loses his reality.
½ April 26, 2013
Italian film delivering a fairly well-worn message with qurikiness but a strong sense of realism. The marridge of old and new school entertaiments collides to interesting effect within the film, it's sudden polt descent towards its climax the slight frustration overall.
April 6, 2013
Probably the best film I seen this year, a story about paranoia and insanity..was not expecting that...
April 1, 2013
my only problem with this piece is that it's too long other than that i enjoyed the campy-esque style of it.
½ February 3, 2013
Begins well, then gradually loses steam and sputters to a near standstill until the quiet coda perks your interest. But it's too late and the coda can't save the movie.
½ August 24, 2012
Breaking News: Reality shows suck and turn people into morons...
July 17, 2012
I‚(TM)m not afraid to admit that I actually prefer this film to Garrone‚(TM)s previous characters-melange crime-drama GOMORRAH (2008, a 7/10), albeit both won Cannes‚(TM)s Grand Prize of the Jury in their respective years.

I watched the film in KVIFF a few days ago, and I am thrilling to see that there is a change of attitude in detailing a riveting story of Naples people's mundane life, about a reality-show sparks a never-be-quenched yearning of a Naples fishmonger's pipe dream of becoming a reality-star, which turns him paranoid about his surroundings and mars his and his family‚(TM)s life, and all winds up in an ambiguous ending.

REALITY has a drastic alternation in its visual impetus, a Fellini-esque Napoli milieu (with the mammoth structure of kins under a dilapidated tableaux), which could instantly gain some positive impression from the film‚(TM)s opening sequence, which induces a tremendously lush wedding ceremony. A comical tone has never ceased to hover around the typical but accurate portrayal of the workaday life of our protagonist and his family (a hanky-panky retail business of pasta-making robots is the highlight) until the latter part when everyone onscreen and offscreen realize the one-sided opportunity will never arrive except for our leading man in the film, so literally how miserable his ending would be has grown into the main concern hanging the film's weight. And there would be a great chance it would plunge into an irreversible maw of tragedy, but luckily it doesn‚(TM)t, Garrone alters a lightly grotesque route and resorts to a more theatrical maneuver to leave the finale in a spell bound shot, effectively ridicules and bashes the reality-show oriented credo in the present-time.

The gorgeous score from extraordinarily talented composer Alexandre Desplat is another selling point, seamlessly goes with the plot, and thwarts a likely bathos when the soothing comedic temper is steadily mitigated and the film veers to a suspicious restlessness and ultimately the irrational madness.

The cast is plainly spot-on in spite of Aniello Arena‚(TM)s over-handsome and beefcake image as a fishmonger, Raffaele Ferrante‚(TM)s rendering of a reality-star who originally rose from the mass, is both hilarious and sarcastic in stressing the ill-infused celebrity-rules notion, which is indubitably not the only entrance to fame and fortune for those wide-eyed dreamers.
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