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The Dance of Reality

La danza de la realidad

Directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky
Chile, France, 2013
Biography, Avant-Garde


Blending his personal history with metaphor, mythology and poetry, The Dance of Reality reflects Jodorowsky’s philosophy that reality is not objective but rather a “dance” created by our own imaginations.

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The Dance of Reality Directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky
The Dance of Reality is another Wes Anderson-esque wonder, a colorful carnival of boyhood memories from the director of El Topo and The Holy Mountain. Those movies are cult classics with tremendous imagination, but Dance of Reality is a more moving film, because there’s a historical reality that seeps through the magical imagery and that gives it gravity.
December 13, 2014
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During especially painful moments in Alejandro’s life, the director, playing himself, embraces his younger self, speaking to him about the importance of persevering. On paper, it may sound didactic and overtly self-helpy, but Jodorowsky’s poetry — both the spoken and the cinematic kind — renders it delightfully alien.
May 23, 2014
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…The best thing [Jodorowsky’s] done, film-wise, since The Holy Mountain… Unlike Carax, Jodorowsky is, at best, a functional visual stylist; however, his ability to transmute childhood fears and emotional pain into funny, allegorical tableaux makes for a captivating—and at times surprisingly touching—movie.
May 22, 2014
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