Synopsis: At the behest of his family fish monger and sometime entertainer Luciano (Aniello Arena) auditions for the Italian equivalent of Big Brother and quickly becomes obsessed with getting on the show and what it would mean for him and the family.
Stan's thoughts: Very different to Garrone's gritty gang tale Gomorrah Reality is in many way a far more uncomfortable watch. Luciano's steady decline into destructive obsession is a modern morality tale on celebrity culture.
It is beautifully and subtly done and as a result is devastatingly affecting succeeding in serving up a mixture of emotions from sympathy to anger for the central character and his family.
Visually its stunning too from the dramatic opening sweep of a horse drawn Cinderella coach that could have been plucked from a children's fantasy to the crumbling, faded grandeur of the family's apartment home - there is symbolism everywhere.
- Stan's 79%
- IMDB 66%
- Metascore 75%
- Rotten Tomatoes 80%