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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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 rather a "dance" created by our own imaginations.(c) Official Site

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Jeremias Herskowits
as Alejandro as a Child
Alejandro Jodorowsky
as Alejandro as an Adult
Adan Jodorowsky
as Anarchist
Axel Jodorowsky
as Theosophist
Andres Cox
as Don Aquiles
Bastián Bodenhöfer
as Carlos Ibáñez
Sergio Vargas
as Carpenter
Juan Quezada
as Evangelical Pastor
Adrián Salgado
as Lettuce Clown
Eugenio Morales
as Carrot Clown
Italo Tai
as Piripipi Payaso/Bar Owner
Luz Jiminez
as Queen of Cups
Charles Bustos
as The Bumblebee
Jorge Hugo Marin
as Ice Cream Man
Rodrigo Orellana
as Lieutenant Cuevas
Demetrio Spataris
as Professor Toro
Veronic Power
as The Toña
Nicolas Deteran
as Skinny Jara
Sergio Monge
as One Eye Valdivia
Victor Toledo
as Comrade Fierro
Ricardo Zepeda
as Captain Fedraza
T. Tomas Alvarez III
as Carlitos Y Luchito
Luis Izquierdo
as Mocking Firefighter
Patricia Jara
as Mocking Firefighter
Dagoberto Nuco
as Mocking Firefighter
Eduardo Pérez
as Municipal Worker
Nelson Rojas
as Chief Miner
Cristobal Valderrama
as Tarantula Priest
Marcelo Alonso
as Lead Nazi
Sebastian Layseca
as Nazi Spokesman
Andres Skoknic
as Lead Torturer
Gastón Pauls
as Liberator 1
Cosmo Gonik
as Liberator 2
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Critic Reviews for The Dance of Reality

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (25)

  • 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.

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

    Kate Muir

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

    Aug 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

    Dec 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.

    Dec 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.

    Jun 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.

    Jun 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.
    Luke E Super Reviewer

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