Reality

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From acclaimed director Matteo Garrone (Gommorah), Reality is a darkly comic look at Luciano, a charming and affable fishmonger whose unexpected and sudden obsession with being a contestant on the popular reality show “Big Brother” leads him down a rabbit hole of skewed perceptions and paranoia. So overcome by his dream of being on reality TV (much to the dismay of his friends and family), Luciano’s own reality begins to spiral out of control as he is driven to increasingly ludicrous extremes to attract the attention of the “Big Brother” producers. When he is called to Rome’s famed Cinecitta Studios for an audition, Luciano is sure his dreams of life-changing stardom have come true … but have they? Propelled by Fellini-esque surrealism and wildly offbeat comedy, Reality is a colorful, fascinating portrait of fame’s destructive allure, and one of the most compelling tragicomic character studies since Scorsese’s The King of Comedy. (Dir. by Matteo Garrone, 2012, Italy, in Italian with subtitles, 110 mins., Not Rated, Oscilloscope Pictures) Digital