Garrone shot Reality in sequence and considered several endings, from the positive to the downright tragic. Given the director’s clear affection for his protagonist, the oneiric ambiguity of the chosen finale should come as no surprise. Rather than a cop-out, it’s very much in keeping with the tone of the film as a whole. Wisely going beyond tired arguments over Big Brother and reality TV, Reality works both as a modern fairytale and as a… contemporary take on the commedia all’italiana.
March 22, 2013