Reality (15)

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Reality

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Time Out says

Tue Mar 19 2013

Italy has produced a fascinating run of state-of-the-nation films in recent years, including Paolo Sorrentino’s political saga ‘Il Divo’, Nanni Moretti’s ‘The Caiman’ and Matteo Garrone’s crime epic ‘Gomorrah’. Garrone’s new film is a queasy portrait of the distorting effects of celebrity culture and its vacuous ‘dream a dream’ promises. Like ‘Gomorrah’, it’s set in a rough-and-ready part of Naples (many of the grizzled faces are the same), and it gives us Luciano (Aniello Arena), a lively fishseller, family man and occasional party entertainer. After a brush with Enzo, a recent ‘Big Brother’ contestant and now a national hero (catchphrase: ‘Never give up!’), Luciano develops an unhealthy obsession with becoming a cast member on the show himself.

We witness something like the reverse of the Pinocchio story as Luciano’s feet float further and further above the ground. Garrone mixes a powerfully real sense of time and place – present-day, working-class Naples, with its big bellies and loud voices – with an intriguing dash of the mythic and carnivalesque, and his camera and his director’s eye are constantly travelling. ‘Reality’ peters out slightly, ending on a melancholic note that’s unsatisfying, but Garrone mostly gives us something troubling and thought-provoking, a riotous party that turns toxic.

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Rated:

15

UK release:

Fri Mar 22, 2013

Duration:

116 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Matteo Garrone

Cast:

Claudia Gerini, Ciro Petrone, Arturo Smith

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Samantha

one of the best black comedies I have ever seen that switches to a drama, making for a unique movie. Garrone is great! Impressive the actors and the photography.

Samantha

one of the best black comedies I have ever seen that switches to a drama, making for a unique movie. Garrone is great! Impressive the actors and the photography.

N. Galen

it's a tedious though not a bad film, cinematographically interesting (lots of the camera following faces in closeup as they turn) but with a predictable not to say boring plot, and the central actor just isn't nearly interesting enough to sustain the attention the film gives him; the Neopolitan people and dialect are nice, but they don't much compensate for the film's limitations; the ending is simply awful (as in bad)

Paul Murphy

A knockout film with a big warm humanist heart. Where can I start? The Steadicam put you there as a participant in a small town of ordinary folk with the folksiness stepped up just enough to amplify not schmaltzify this cautionary tale of delusions of celebrity . While Gomorrah was a good film, this steps up a league into greatness. Really deserves to be a big breakout foreign film. Three stars is way too mean. A great pleasure to find a real gem at the start of the LFF!

Paul Murphy

A knockout film with a big warm humanist heart. Where can I start? The Steadicam put you there as a participant in a small town of ordinary folk with the folksiness stepped up just enough to amplify not schmaltzify this cautionary tale of delusions of celebrity . While Gomorrah was a good film, this steps up a league into greatness. Really deserves to be a big breakout foreign film. Three stars is way too mean. A great pleasure to find a real gem at the start of the LFF!