Reality Leaves a Lot to the Imagination...
- Reality review by PV
TV is a monster, and reality TV is its deformed psychotic twin: this is the conclusion to reach after watching the poisonous effect of reality TV, (in this case, Big Brother), on a poor fish seller in Italy's poorest city (Naples).
The film starts slowly and so you need to stick with it. There's also an incomprehensive subplot about robots (which counts as one of the scams the key character has on the side).
But when the story gets into its stride, we see the poison of hope of being on some dumb reality TV show starts gnawing away at a man's soul. The effects on his family and means of making a living are also explored.
I suppose this movie falls into an old trope: that of 'be careful what you wish for.' So it could be compared to many an old folk tale, fairy tale, morality tale etc.
Ultimately, this film is also a study of delusion, paranoia and mental illness. And how human greed can destroy a man.
But really, it's one of the best and most interesting satires about reality TV ever made. In the top 5. (Truman Show is #1).
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