The Dance of Reality

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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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Cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky presents a fanciful interpretation of his childhood, set against Chile's turbulent social and political environment.

Cast & Crew

Jeremias Herskovits
Alejandro as a child
Alejandro Jodorowsky
Alejandro as an Adult
Bastián Bodenhöfer
Carlos Ibáñes
Andres Cox
Don Aquiles
Moisés Cosío
Producer
Xavier Guerrero Yamamoto
Executive Producer
Adan Jodorowsky
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Jean-Marie Dreujou
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Maryline Monthieux
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Alisarine Ducolomb
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Critic Reviews for The Dance of Reality

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (58) | Rotten (4)

  • At first the film seems overly stagey, and those with little time for circus acts may find it irritating, but when Jodorowsky hits his surreal stride.

    August 20, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
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  • You may not know what to think of it, but you'll be glad that it exists.

    August 20, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Say this about the godfather of midnight movies, Alejandro Jodorowsky: He loves a parade and he puts on a doozy

    December 8, 2014 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • 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.

    December 8, 2014 | Rating: 3/4
  • The loony-goony visuals are still in play, but there's a sympathy for the audience, a desire to put things to good and even meaningful use.

    June 20, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Part of the dance in "The Dance of Reality" is between one's own destiny and uncontrollable forces.

    June 19, 2014 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for The Dance of Reality

  • Aug 06, 2013
    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.
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