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Reality (Blu-ray Review)

8 Sep, 2013 By: Ashley Ratcliff

Box Office $0.07 million
$32.99 DVD, $34.99 Blu-ray
Rated ‘R’ for some language.
In Italian with English subtitles.
Stars Aniello Arena, Paola Minaccioni, Loredana Simioli.

A fishmonger and family man seems to have a great life in Italy, where he is popular among customers and relatives alike. Luciano (Aniello Arena) is a spirited, tenderhearted man, and it’s those same qualities that he takes to the extreme — all in the name of making a better life for himself and his loved ones.

One day Luciano’s wife and children see auditions taking place for reality TV hit “Big Brother” at a local mall and urge him to throw his hat in the ring. After making it through a couple rounds of auditions, Luciano is absolutely positive that he’s landed a spot in the House and begins thinking of all the riches that surely are to come as a result of his (imagined) newfound fame.

He can’t be serious. But, oh, yes he is.

Convinced that the show is sending spies to check in on him before letting him on the cast, Luciano spirals into paranoia and obsession that begins to affect the things that matter most to him.

Reality is a dynamic dark comedy that examines one man’s warped view of the world around him. The enthralling film is also a commentary on society as a whole’s infatuation with celebrity and the lengths to which some go to attain it. At times, the film itself feels like a documentary or reality TV show, further solidifying that theme.

The disc includes deleted scenes, featurettes and an interview with director Matteo Garrone. Most fascinating, however, is a profile of Arena, taking viewers into his past as a convicted felon who found a new life in acting while behind bars.

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