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786 Ratings


Directed by Matteo Garrone
Italy, France, 2012
Comedy, Drama


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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Reality Directed by Matteo Garrone
Our tragic hero, an everyman who works in the market of Naples, is played by Aniello Arena (a real-life convict serving a life sentence) and it’s his mix of candour and curiosity that gives this meandering film its soul. Garrone, the director, made a better film in the nail-biting mafia saga Gomorrah; his shot at pondering contemporary Italy here is admirable but somewhat weak.
June 05, 2015
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Unlike the damaged individuals who populate Garrone’s other films, the logic of Luciano’s attitude is subject to multiple interpretations within his social sphere. Michele, Luciano’s partner in the fishmongering business, suggests that what Luciano is feeling isn’t the pathology of TV obsession, but the omnipresence of the Lord, who sees all and takes notes for the final Judgment. This only complicates matters, which is precisely Garrone’s point.
April 01, 2013
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Matteo Garrone follows his crime epic Gomorrah(2008) 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 27, 2013
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