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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 (79) | Top Critics (28)

It's clear that Garrone is lamenting the death of culture. But the movie is more compassionate than screed-y. It's a portrait of the preoccupation with fame in an age in which in fame is cheap.

January 3, 2014 | Full Review…

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

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

A dark allegorical comedy about the nature of fame, about obsession, about madness - and the point where they converge: on Big Brother, a TV show watched by millions.

April 4, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

For all its ups and downs and occasional detours into boorishness, it's an original that will surprise if not necessarily delight fans of Garrone's very different crime drama, "Gomorrah."

April 4, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4

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…

As cautionary tales go, this one's ripely knowing, and it speaks in a lot more languages than Italian.

March 28, 2013 | Rating: 4/4
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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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