The Dance of Reality (2014)

The Dance of Reality (2014)

The Dance of Reality



Critic Consensus: This long-overdue return from Alejandro Jodorowsky finds him just as overflowing with imagination -- and heart -- as fans have come to expect.

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Produced and directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky, THE DANCE OF REALITY is his first film in 23 years. The legendary filmmaker was born in 1929 in Tocopilla, a coastal town on the edge of the Chilean desert where the film was shot. It was there that Jodorowsky underwent an unhappy and alienated childhood as part of an uprooted family. Blending his personal history with metaphor, mythology and poetry, The Dance of Reality reflects Alejandro Jodorowsky's philosophy that reality is not objective but … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Alejandro Jodorowsky
In Theaters:
Box Office: $0.2M
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Critic Reviews for The Dance of Reality

All Critics (56) | Top Critics (20)

Say this about the godfather of midnight movies, Alejandro Jodorowsky: He loves a parade and he puts on a doozy

Full Review… | December 8, 2014
Orange County Register
Top Critic

A lot of the film doesn't quite click, either as dream imagery or something more conventional. But there's a spirit and a yearning in it that's undeniable and bracing.

Full Review… | December 8, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Part of the dance in "The Dance of Reality" is between one's own destiny and uncontrollable forces.

Full Review… | June 19, 2014
Seattle Times
Top Critic

The Dance of Reality, which deserves a place alongside Amarcord as a fantastical take on coming of age, is the work of a wise and experienced old soul with the passion and curiosity of a young man.

Full Review… | June 6, 2014
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Jodorowsky's images can be stunning, and his ability to acknowledge pain without being depressing is a rare gift. The film is a wayward dream but well worth embracing.

Full Review… | June 5, 2014
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

This is the work of someone coming to terms with their past, transmuting the traumas of childhood into the building blocks of adult awareness.

Full Review… | August 23, 2015
Observer [UK]

Audience Reviews for The Dance of Reality


Cult movie legend; Alejandro Jodorowsky's 'The Dance of Reality' directly takes Jodorowsky's native Chile setting and brings it up close examining his childhood and early spiritual understanding as well as what type of person his father was. The Film is for one fascinating, very engaging and self centered. Psychedelia and surreal imagery play a significant parts within the film's substance, at times its hard to distinguish the line between fantasy and reality. I can't really recommend this to you if you aren't very familiar with Jodorowsky's other films; Jodorowsky shows things within his films that even the most repentant or squeamish mind may find uncomfortable to watch. If given the right audience were to view this film they won't be disappointed. This is a film Unlike anything I've ever seen; it has left me Awe Struck, amazed disturbed at the same time. One Thing for certain is Alejandro Jodorowsky is like no other film maker thats ever lived.

Luke Eberhard
Luke Eberhard

Super Reviewer

The Dance of Reality is a helluva film. It's a firecracker jumble of reality and fantasy, where Jodorowsky's panache for visual grandeur doesn't actually overwhelm the characters and their storylines.

There are two major stories that weave together, sometimes one taking priority over the other. The first, and most obvious, is the growing pains experienced by a boy trying to figure out how to make his father love him and how to be friends with boys that don't want his friendship. These scenes are marked by vibrant color and fantasy, where the absurd and fantastical meet in some truly delightful scenes. The contrast between this whimsy and the grim family life experienced by the boy takes on an almost Pan's Labyrinth-type dichotomy.

The later developing story is that of his father. Here the film twists out of its fantasy visuals into something dreary and more realistic. While the visual spark returns occasionally, the tone of the film takes on the somber journey he takes.

The Dance of Reality is definitely a journey, and people who already know and love Jodorowsky's style will be right at home in this frenetic film.


This is my 1000th movie review!!!

I'm definitely a Jodorowsky fan and this movie was everything I hoped it would be-- flocks of animals, surreal interludes, amputees and full frontal nudity aplenty. That said, this felt somewhere in-between Wes Anderson (color and look-wise) and John Waters (specifically in the *ahem* peeing/genital torture arenas). Probably his most straight forward film, and yet it felt a bit stilted when it came to the overall fluidity... though I suppose that's always been a bit of a problem for him. Overall very enjoyable, and pretty damn funny. More than anything I'm just glad to see this sort of filmmaking continuing to happen.

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