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The Dance of Reality (2013)

La danza de la realidad (original title)
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In a Chilean little town, the son of an uprooted couple, formed by a rigorous communist father and a loving but weak mother, tries to pave his own path in a society that does not understand their Jewish-Ukrainian origins.

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Alejandro Jodorowsky (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brontis Jodorowsky ... Jaime Jodorowsky
Pamela Flores Pamela Flores ... Sara
Jeremias Herskovits Jeremias Herskovits ... Alejandro as a child
Alejandro Jodorowsky ... Himself
Bastián Bodenhöfer Bastián Bodenhöfer ... General Carlos Ibáñez del Campo
Andres Cox Andres Cox ... Don Aquiles
Adan Jodorowsky ... Anarchist
Axel Jodorowsky ... Theosophist (as Cristobal Jodorowsky)
Alisarine Ducolomb Alisarine Ducolomb ... Jorobada (as Alizarine Ducolomb)
Sergio Vargas Sergio Vargas ... Carpintero
Patricio Bambrilla Patricio Bambrilla ... Propagandista
Juan Quezada Juan Quezada ... Pastor Evangélico
Adrián Salgado Adrián Salgado ... Payaso Lechuga / Guatón González
Eugenio Morales Eugenio Morales ... Payaso Zanahoria
Italo Tai Italo Tai ... Payaso Piripipi / Dueño del Bar
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Storyline

Alejandro Jodorowsky was born in 1929 in Tocopilla, a coastal town on the edge of the Chilean desert where this film was shot. It was there that Jodorowsky underwent an unhappy and alienated childhood as part of an uprooted family. Blending his personal history with metaphor, mythology and poetry, The Dance of Reality reflects Jodorowsky's philosophy that reality is not objective but rather a "dance" created by our own imaginations. Written by Production

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Country:

Chile | France

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

4 September 2013 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dance of Reality See more »

Filming Locations:

Santiago, Chile See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,100, 6 June 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$189,500, 22 June 2014
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's cast and crew feature a number of Alejandro Jodorowsky's family members. His son, Brontis Jodorowsky plays Jaime. Adan Jodorowsky plays the Anarchist, and composed the music for the film. Axel Jodorowsky plays Theosophist. Pascale Montandon-Jodorowsky, Alejandro's wife, designed the costumes for the film. Alejandro Jodorowsky directed, wrote, produced and portrayed himself in the film. See more »

Quotes

Alejandro as a child: The darkness is swallowing everything. It's going to devour us.
Sara: Alejandrito, do I love you?
Alejandro as a child: Yes, Mama.
Sara: How much?
Alejandro as a child: From the sky to the earth.
Sara: This is not my love, it comes from God. I am merely the sender. As God creates all, so we all radiate His love. My son, the darkness loves you as much as I do, for it is God's shadow.
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diverting then tedious, then fantastic last few shots
30 May 2014 | by HEFILMSee all my reviews

The film sets up a style of the director himself literally embracing his younger self and talking to the camera and his younger self in the midst of things going on. Add to this his comical intense cruel-to-be- kind, father and his mother who sings all her dialog and you have a unique narrative that is funny strange and compelling for the first third of the film. But then the story shifts to only the dad's story taking care of a horse and this section bogs down, as other sections tend to whenever the older and younger self aren't part of the action at all. And mom's singing gets a little tiresome as well though her singing voice is very good. Music in the film is uniformly fine. Then you get into some graphic nudity, urination and torture scenes, all of which seem to go on forever, and I fell out of love with it.

But it's almost redeemed by a final section where finally the older and younger director/character return for a farewell scene involving a dock and a boat. If this does turn out to be his last film it's one of the great film exits in history.

So it's too bad the script loses focus right in the middle and that the whole thing feels way too long. Might be a film that plays better if you don't watch it all in one sitting.

Visuals are typically vivid but now have a video quality that the HD "photography" that is distracting at first when comparing the richer film colors of his earlier work.

A worthy film that unfortunately can't sustain a strong first third.


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