Reality 2013 R

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(6) IMDb 6.5/10
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(Italian, subtitled in English). Luciano is a friendly fishmonger and scam-artist. One day, his family urges him to try out for Big Brother. In chasing this dream, his perception of reality begins to change.

Starring:
Aniello Arena, Loredana Simioli
Runtime:
1 hour 57 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller
Director Rowan Athale
Starring Aniello Arena, Loredana Simioli
Supporting actors Iwan Rheon, Timothy Spall, Luke Treadaway, Neil Maskell, Gerard Kearns, Lewis Rainer, Andy Calderwood, Paul Clayton, Brad Moore, Mark Tristan Eccles, Kelly Wood, Gary Cargill, Grant Crookes, Lucy Fenton, Peter Foster, David Zezulka, David O'Connor, Liam Tulley
Studio Oscilloscope
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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It plays on the desires many of us have to become famous, to have it made, to be a celebrity.
Ben Creech
Life is good... until one day, out of the blue, he gets a chance to try out for Grande Fratello, the Italian version of the TV show Big Brother.
Whitt Patrick Pond
Matteo Garrone has created an enthralling and wonderful, well rounded viewing experience that gives you a good dose of Reality.
Somewhere in Brooklyn

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 1, 2013
Format: DVD
Set in Naples we meet Luciano (Aniello Arena) who is a fishmonger in one of the City's beautiful piazzas. He is happily married with adoring children and as an extended family aswell as a network of supporting friends. He and his wife Maria (Loredana Simioli) also pull scams in order to bolster their income. They have a great line going on with robotic kitchen aids. Then so called `reality' TV show `Big Brother' comes to town for auditions. Everyone knows `Enzo' who won the previous year and is now in demand simply for being famous, weddings, bah mitzvahs, anything.

Well Luciano's daughter asks him to audition as he is always such a laugh at family gatherings and so he goes ahead. Then he gets asked to go to Rome for the interview and he sort of knows its a foregone conclusion that he will get in. He tells everyone and everyone in turn starts rooting for him. With the inevitable three month filming, he then thinks about creating a whole new life and binning the old one; all he needs now is the phone call and he is in the Big Brother House.

This is billed as a comedy but if anything I thought it was more tragic-comic. The performances are all great especially Aniello Arena as he slowly looses it all for the want of fame. The whole thing is very stylishly filmed as we now tend to expect from Italian cinema, and the beautiful locations only add to that. The issues are very much to the fore and it was nice to see two virtual unknowns being cast as the leads by director Matteo Garrone, who shot to fame with the excellent `Gomorrah', so it is nice to see a lighter film from him.

The catch phrase of Enzo is `never give up' which seems to be a thread running through the film, the underlying messages are somewhat different, more like `know when you are beat', sort of thing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ben Creech on July 29, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Reality is the newest film by Italian filmmaker Matteo Garrone, the auteur behind 2008's Gomorrah. While that film focused on the criminal underworld of Naples, this follows the story of Luciano and his ambitions to appear on the reality television program Big Brother. Luciano is a wild character, always playing a role, always wanting to be seen, to be the center of a crowd. But when Big Brother has open casting near him, and his family prods him, he decides to audition.

He doesn't initially make it onto the show, but he is convinced that the audition continues, and believes that visitors to his fish stand might be secret scouts from the tv channel, checking to see if he is worthy of joining the cast. The borders of his day to day reality begin to fray, and a rich hopeful fantasy is developed wherein he might, if he is generous and good, eventually be chosen to be an Italian idol.

The film was initially described as a comedy, but I found it to be much darker than that, as it becomes increasingly clear that Luciano is losing his mind. It plays on the desires many of us have to become famous, to have it made, to be a celebrity. Too muh attention and favor directed towards the (false) reality of television makes us lose touch with our own. Our reality, too, is insufficient. If we go too far, we might even reach the point where our lives are only validated, are only real, when we can see them onscreen.

Garrone is proving to be one of the great contemporary Italian filmmakers. Perhaps because of the differences between this (media satire) and Gomorrah (crime thriller) it didnt garner much praise or attention, but give it a shot knowing better. Its one of the best films of the year. I cant wait to see what he does next.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Whitt Patrick Pond TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 9, 2013
Format: DVD
Matteo Garrone's Reality - winner of the Grand Prix award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival - is a marvelous piece of work. It is also, however, difficult to describe. The trailers for Reality, in my opinion, tend to give the wrong impression, that it is a comedy or a satirical send-up of reality shows. But while there are comedic moments in the film, particularly in the earlier parts, as the story progresses it draws you deeper and deeper into some dark territory, but it does it so gradually and seductively that even as your feelings of unease begin to rise, you cannot bring yourself to look away. The closest comparison I can make is to think of it as a combination of a dark twin-piece to 1998's The Truman Show, except that here the protagonist is outside looking in, and Josef von Sternberg's 1930 masterpiece The Blue Angel (Der Blaue Engel).

Set in the current day, Luciano (Aneillo Arena) is a likeable everyday guy in Naples. He has a good life, a loving family, and while he's not rich, he manages to get by with his regular job as a fishmonger and a little scam he runs on the side ripping off pasta-makers from the manufacturer and selling them on the black market. Life is good... until one day, out of the blue, he gets a chance to try out for Grande Fratello, the Italian version of the TV show Big Brother. And thus begins his seduction by the prospect of becoming a celebrity.

Highly, highly recommended.
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