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4.0 out of 5 stars Big Brother Italian Style!
Set in Naples we meet Luciano (Aniello Arena) who is a fishmonger in one of the City's beautiful piazzas. He is happily married with adoring children and as an extended family aswell as a network of supporting friends. He and his wife Maria (Loredana Simioli) also pull scams in order to bolster their income. They have a great line going on with robotic kitchen aids. Then...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Poor format
Bad subtitles!

English subtitles one minute, English subtitles on top, and Italian subtitles on bottom the next.

Annoying, confusing, ruined the film for me.

Shame on Amazon for selling such poor format!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Big Brother Italian Style!, 1 Aug 2013
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Tommy Dooley "Tom" (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Reality [DVD] (DVD)
Set in Naples we meet Luciano (Aniello Arena) who is a fishmonger in one of the City's beautiful piazzas. He is happily married with adoring children and as an extended family aswell as a network of supporting friends. He and his wife Maria (Loredana Simioli) also pull scams in order to bolster their income. They have a great line going on with robotic kitchen aids. Then so called `reality' TV show `Big Brother' comes to town for auditions. Everyone knows `Enzo' who won the previous year and is now in demand simply for being famous, weddings, bah mitzvahs, anything.

Well Luciano's daughter asks him to audition as he is always such a laugh at family gatherings and so he goes ahead. Then he gets asked to go to Rome for the interview and he sort of knows its a foregone conclusion that he will get in. He tells everyone and everyone in turn starts rooting for him. With the inevitable three month filming, he then thinks about creating a whole new life and binning the old one; all he needs now is the phone call and he is in the Big Brother House.

This is billed as a comedy but if anything I thought it was more tragic-comic. The performances are all great especially Aniello Arena as he slowly looses it all for the want of fame. The whole thing is very stylishly filmed as we now tend to expect from Italian cinema, and the beautiful locations only add to that. The issues are very much to the fore and it was nice to see two virtual unknowns being cast as the leads by director Matteo Garrone, who shot to fame with the excellent `Gomorrah', so it is nice to see a lighter film from him.

The catch phrase of Enzo is `never give up' which seems to be a thread running through the film, the underlying messages are somewhat different, more like `know when you are beat', sort of thing. It is in Italian with a bit of English and good sub titles it runs to 117 minutes, and is an extremely good film. I wanted to like it and I actually did, but I did not find it funny as stated earlier hence my rating, it is still though an excellent piece of cinema that takes on some serious issues in a light hearted way but still manages to deliver.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Problems of another kind of Society, 10 Mar 2014
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Peter of SE7 (London, England) - See all my reviews
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I liked and admired Garrone's previous film, "Gommorah", a brave and chilling picture of Naples as a city out of state control, under Mafia control. "Reality" is superficially sunnier, funnier, warmer - but it does have a much darker heart than would at first appear to be the case. Aniello Arena is superb as the gregarious and loving family man who quickly falls under the spell of Fame and Celebrity (well worth watching the extras to find out about his singular career). The film is quite seductive - it looks great, the ensemble work is wonderful, and certainly reminds me of some of fellow Italian Sorrentino's more exuberant moments - but it is a work with a clear motive and message.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Poor format, 12 Aug 2013
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Bad subtitles!

English subtitles one minute, English subtitles on top, and Italian subtitles on bottom the next.

Annoying, confusing, ruined the film for me.

Shame on Amazon for selling such poor format!
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