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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.


Matteo Garrone


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


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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Follow Your Dreams!


Comedy | Drama

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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 »


References Fellini's Casanova (1976) See more »

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Society of the spectacle--with a heart
20 February 2019 | by bobbie-16See all my reviews

Garrone's magical movie opens with bows to two great scenes of Italian cinema: the ornate wedding carriage recalls the child's funeral procession from The Gold of Naples, and the helicopter-borne star of a reality show replays the helicopter ride of Jesus in La Dolce Vita. These images evoke Italy as the longest-running "society of the spectacle": Roman games; Renaissance princes and popes who conned everyone, as Machiavelli says; the splendors of the Counter-Reformation Church; and media mogul Silvio Berlusconi with the sun in his pocket-"il sole in tasca." Luciano--fish monger, petty con artist, and pater familias--longs to be cast in a reality show called Big Brother. His quest becomes increasingly obsessive and fantasmagoric, and his extended family shifts from humorous support to escalating concern. Will his dream come true? Aniello Arena in the part of Luciano is terrific and will capture your heart; he has a surprising and poignant story of his own, which you can check online for yourselves. Garrone is a master of production design, creating exuberant post-modern sets in which decaying Neapolitan palazzi mingle with malls and water slides. This movie is perhaps not for everyone-only for those prepared to enter a world that is theatrical, flamboyant, sentimental, and ironic--one that calls for a sense of humor and a big heart.

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Release Date:

28 September 2012 (Italy) See more »

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Naples, Campania, Italy See more »


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$7,072, 17 March 2013

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