Luciano is an affable fishmonger who supplements his income with small-time scams. When an opportunity arises to audition for the TV show Big Brother, it starts as a lark. But soon he becomes a man obsessed…
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The most realistic depiction of Italy of the past decade. A country split between two kinds of idolatry: television and the church. Considering that in Italy the State and Mass Media are equivalent (i.e. Berlusconi's ownership of tv channels, newspapers, radio...) "Reality" is a meditation on the Belpaese's failure and madness, at micro/macro levels. Once again, Garrone, not Moretti, has grasped the "real" Italy
I remember the stir Reality caused after Cannes about whether it did/didn't deserve a prize over Holy Motors. But now that that's a matter for the historical record, don't brush the film aside: moving to a strange rhythm, it has on its side one of the most wonderfully weird metaphors for organized religion in Italy (and belief systems in general) and an ending that's beautiful and just a little bit terrifying.
Gets a point for chutzpah. How many major Italian directors, who aren't Marco Bellocchio, would say this, even as slyly as Garrone does here? Though it stretches itself past narrative support, it's among the boldest post-modern satires of our time.
A perplexing affair, this comment on the insanity and hysteria of people caught up in the hype of instant stardom takes a good 30mins to get going. It's difficult to empathise with any of the characters and a little unsure whether it's a comedy or drama the final act is probably the strongest but overall the subject matter feels a little irrelevant today. Brilliant colour palette and solid camera work. 2.5 stars
O cenário de REALITY é particularmente atraente. Infelizmente, as imagens são mornas, a música é muito doce, os personagens são planos e as pequenas histórias, ao qual todos estão ligados, sofrem de um sentimentalismo fatal. O resultado é uma comédia banal, sem efeito e carisma, onde ao invés de criticar, se alinha com a ociosidade dos realities shows.