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Reality (2013)

Reality (2013)



Critic Consensus: Part dark satire, part compelling drama, Reality occasionally struggles to communicate its message, but it's never less than entertaining.

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From acclaimed director Matteo Garrone, REALITY is a darkly comic look at Luciano, a charming and affable fishmonger whose unexpected and sudden obsession with being a contestant on the reality show "Big Brother" leads 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, making for one of the most compelling tragicomic character studies since Scorsese's The King of Comedy. (c) Oscilloscope

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Nando Paone
as Michele
Graziella Marina
as Luciano's Mother
Nello Iorio
as Massimone
Nunzia Schiano
as Aunt Nunzia
Rosaria D'Urso
as Aunt Rosaria
Claudia Gerini
as Presenter
Paola Minaccioni
as Roman Client
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Critic Reviews for Reality

All Critics (75) | Top Critics (23)

Those who found Gomorrah embarrassingly overrated can relax. Despite a first half that's basically a spin-off of the 2008 movie that brought Matteo Garrone international acclaim, Reality turns out to be its veritable refutation.

November 5, 2013 | Full Review…

The satire here is finespun, and the film's conclusions ambiguous.

April 5, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Matteo Garrone follows his crime epic Gomorrah with a comedy about reality TV, and though it hardly rivals the earlier movie in its social complexity, it still offers the spectacle of a vibrant and vividly realized Neapolitan neighborhood.

March 28, 2013 | Full Review…

Garrone has a feeling for sweep and color, and he makes Luciano a pathetic victim of the unrealities with which TV can beset us.

March 27, 2013 | Full Review…

The opening shot guides us into the absurd merriment of a wedding party, while the ending is lit with a mystifying sense of wonder.

March 25, 2013 | Full Review…

[An] astute, dreamlike gut-punch ...

March 21, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Reality

Garrone uses many elegant long takes and an evocative score to tell this fascinating, dream-like character study about a common fishmonger who gradually becomes obsessed with the idea of being famous - leading him to mix his yearnings with reality.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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.

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer

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