The Dance of Reality Reviews

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July 18, 2014
Growing up in a tiny, coastal mining town in northern Chile in the 1930s might sound tedious, but only if you haven't seen Alejandro Jodorowsky's "The Dance of Reality."
July 8, 2014
We never quite know where a Jodorowsky film is going to take us. That's a bonus in the present age of bland predictability.
July 7, 2014
Bizarre and graphic, unforgettable and unpredictable.
July 1, 2014
A thrillingly surrealist exercise, one that plays out like a dream -- sometimes like a nightmare -- as it relates Jodorowsky's semi-autobiographical, coming-of-age tale.
June 24, 2014
Here the legacy of blood flows in both directions, replicating itself in an infinite dance. While the first half focuses on young Alejandro's relationship with macho authoritarian Jaime, the second is as much about the father's own coming of age.
June 20, 2014
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 19, 2014
Part of the dance in "The Dance of Reality" is between one's own destiny and uncontrollable forces.
June 6, 2014
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.
June 5, 2014
El Topo is back. A surprisingly poignant, AMARCORD-like memoir.
June 5, 2014
A wonderfully surreal journey into memory and misery, jam-packed with all the oddity and incongruity Jodorowsky is known for, still kicking with mischief after all this time away from moviemaking.
May 30, 2014
Despite its many flaws, this is a major work that deserves attention.
May 29, 2014
It makes sense, in the way that a nightmare makes sense.
May 29, 2014
I appreciate the theatricality of Jodorowsky and his imaginative and hallucinatory way of telling his story. He is definitely a man who follows his own path.
May 29, 2014
Whatever childhood traumas Jodorowsky may need to exorcise are ultimately subsumed by the movie's wild invention and carnivalesque cheer.
May 29, 2014
The filmmaker's novel approach to memoir deserves a wider audience. Maybe everything has been done before, but never quite like this.
May 29, 2014
It may hold some interest to cinephiles as a relic of a kind of extravagant, overheated personal cinema that doesn't exist anymore.
May 27, 2014
The 85-year-old Chilean director's brisk recreation of his childhood in the coastal town of Tocopilla bursts with eminently buoyant and decidedly earthy passages.
May 26, 2014
It is playful and expansive. This film is awesome in the old sense of the word. It is one of the best films of the year.
May 23, 2014
This is a stirring and strange mix of history, memory, and fantasy.
May 23, 2014
You may not learn much about Alejandro Jodorowsky's actual childhood after watching this affecting film. You will see how the situation of his growing up influenced everything else in his life, however.
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