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Reality (2012)

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Luciano is a charming fishmonger whose unexpected and sudden obsession with being a contestant on a reality show leads him down a rabbit hole of skewed perceptions and paranoia.

Director:

Matteo Garrone

Writers:

Matteo Garrone (story), Massimo Gaudioso (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aniello Arena ... Luciano
Loredana Simioli ... Maria
Nando Paone ... Michele
Nello Iorio Nello Iorio ... Massimone
Nunzia Schiano Nunzia Schiano ... Aunt Nunzia
Rosaria D'Urso Rosaria D'Urso ... Aunt Rosaria
Giuseppina Cervizzi Giuseppina Cervizzi ... Giusy
Claudia Gerini ... TV hostess
Raffaele Ferrante Raffaele Ferrante ... Enzo
Paola Minaccioni Paola Minaccioni ... Roman customer
Ciro Petrone ... Bartender
Salvatore Misticone Salvatore Misticone ... Shoemaker
Vincenzo Riccio Vincenzo Riccio ... Vincenzo
Martina Graziuso Martina Graziuso ... Martina
Alessandra Scognamillo Alessandra Scognamillo ... Alessandra
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Storyline

Luciano is a Neapolitan fishmonger who supplements his modest income by pulling off little scams together with his wife Maria. A likeable, entertaining guy, Luciano never misses an opportunity to perform for his customers and countless relatives. One day his family urge him to try out for Big Brother. In chasing this dream his perception of reality begins to change. Written by lletaif

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Taglines:

Follow Your Dreams!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Italy]

Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | Neapolitan | English | Latin

Release Date:

28 September 2012 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Big House See more »

Filming Locations:

Naples, Campania, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,072, 17 March 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$55,261, 7 April 2013
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Fandango,Archimede,Le Pacte See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Aniello Arena, the main protagonist, is serving a life sentence at the prison of Volterra. At twenty-four, in 1981, he killed three people in Piazza Crocelle in Barra, a suburb of Naples. See more »

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References Fellini's Casanova (1976) See more »

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Loss of reality
26 March 2013 | by cinematic_aficionadoSee all my reviews

Reality is a fitting title about a man who totally lost it (his own sense of reality).

Part satire, part a comic-tragic portrait of our world with its vanities our hero is just an everyday guy who is a fishmonger, and like many others has a souse, children with all that goes with it.

His world is shaken when following a brief performance in a wedding reception he becomes acquainted with a celebrity and the desire is born in him that he can be part of this world, the world of stardom, wealth and recognition.

So by making use of this brief acquaintance he enters a competition to join big brother and does so in the certainty it will be his passport to fame and fortune. The contact with fame though ludicrously brief it is enough to cause him a great deal of harm.

The harm came in the form of obsessive behaviour, paranoia and hallucination causing a loss of his own self awareness and disregard for all those around him.

A charmer of a movie about vanity, obsession and a surrounding culture that feeds us these kind of fake feelings and desires.


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