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Réalité (2014)

Unrated | | Comedy | 1 May 2015 (USA)
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A wanna-be director is given 48 hours by a producer to find the best groan of pain, worthy of an Oscar, as the only condition to back his film.

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Quentin Dupieux

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Quentin Dupieux
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alain Chabat ... Jason Tantra
Jonathan Lambert ... Bob Marshall
Élodie Bouchez ... Alice Tantra
Kyla Kenedy ... Reality
Jon Heder ... Dennis
Eric Wareheim ... Henri
John Glover ... Zog
Lola Delon Lola Delon ... Zog's Assistant
Matt Battaglia ... Mike
Susan Diol ... Gaby
Erik Passoja ... Billie
Jonathan Spencer ... Blue
Bambadjan Bamba ... Tony
Michel Hazanavicius ... Award Presenter
Roxane Mesquida ... Awards Hostess
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A wanna-be director is given 48 hours by a producer to find the best groan of pain, worthy of an Oscar, as the only condition to back his film.

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Official Sites:

Diaphana Films [France]

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France | Belgium | USA

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French | English

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1 May 2015 (USA) See more »

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Reality See more »

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Thomas Bangalter, one half of the band duo Daft Punk, makes a cameo appearance as a patient reading a magazine. See more »

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When Alain Chabat is going to his car to sleep, we can see him lower the seat and preparing his pillow, when he woke up from his dream, the seat is up and the pillow is not there anymore. See more »

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Referenced in Au poste! (2018) See more »

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Litmus test for sanity
25 May 2015 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. For those who found last year's Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) to be too linear and overly coherent, be sure to track down the latest from writer/director Quentin Dupieux. You might recognize the name from his films that have developed cult followings – Rubber (2010) and Wrong (2012).

Dupieux seems obsessed with the blurred lines between the conscious and sub-conscious, so one can only imagine what he means by titling his movie "Reality". To ensure that we remain in a constant cloud of confusion, there is a key character who is a young girl (Kyla Kenedy) acting in her own movie. Her name is … what else? … Reality.

One can't really use the term plot when describing the film, but what follows is my best attempt. Jason Tantra (played by the always terrific Alain Chabat) is a camera man on a locally produced TV talk show about cooking that stars a rat costume-wearing host Denis (Jon Heder, Napoleon Dynamite). Jason wants to make his own movie starring a reluctant Denis (who suffers from eczema on the inside), and pitches his sci-fi idea of human-killing TV sets to film producer Bob Marshall (played by Jonathan Lambert). Marshall agrees to back the movie if Jason can come up with an award-winning perfect groan of pain within 48 hours. Meanwhile Reality (the girl) is being filmed by avant-garde director Zog (John Glover), and she finds a blue video cassette inside the gut of a wild boar killed by her father. In the process of trying to watch the tape, she spots a cross-dressing Eric Wareheim (from "Tim and Eric" fame) driving a military jeep through town. In one of his many dreams, Jason pictures himself at the awards ceremony where he wins for best groan … the award is presented by Oscar winning director Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) and Roxane Mesquida (who was in Rubber). The topper of all sequences involves Jason having a phone conversation with producer Marshall while at the theatre watching his unmade movie while Marshall simultaneously has an in-person meeting with Jason. If you follow any of the above, this movie is made for you. If you didn't follow any of it, congratulations on your continued socially acceptable level of sanity.

Inside jokes abound here, and Dupieux takes a few shots at the filmmaking business, and what constitutes creativity. Fellow French filmmaker Michel Gondry (The Science of Sleep, 2006) may be the closest comparison to Dupieux, but the latter seems more focused on pushing the boundaries of lunacy and yes, Reality.


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