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The Dance of Reality

8/10
Biography . Fantasy . Drama
 

“Having broken away from my illusory self, I was desperately seeking a path and a meaning to life.” This phrase perfectly sums up Alejandro Jodorowsky’s biographical project: reconstituting the incredible adventure of his life. Alejandro Jodorowsky was born in 1929 in Tocopilla, a coastal town on edge of the Chilean desert, where this film was shot. It was there where he discovered the fundamentals of reality, as he underwent an unhappy and alienated childhood as part of an uprooted family.

 
Actors: Alizarine Ducolomb , Cristobal Jodorowsky , Andrés Cox , Bastián Bodenhöfer , Adan Jodorowsky , Axel Jodorowsky , Alejandro Jodorowsky , Jeremias Herskovits , Pamela Flores , Brontis Jodorowsky
Directors: Alejandro Jodorowsky
Country: FRANCE , CHILE
Release: 2013-09-04
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  • Peter Sobczynski

    The result will no doubt polarize viewers, as has been the case with his other major works, but it will certainly go down amongst those who see it as one of the most unforgettable films of this or any other year in recent memory.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    The Dance of Reality is the work of a highly disciplined anarchist, whose principal weapon against authority is his own imagination.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    As a close look at Jodorowsky’s work reveals, the line between “cult artist” and “cult leader” can be blurry. The line only gets blurrier with The Dance Of Reality, Jodorowsky’s first movie in 23 years, and the best thing he’s done, film-wise, since "The Holy Mountain."

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Michael Atkinson

    The Dance of Reality may be Alejandro Jodorowsky's best film, and certainly, in a filmography top-heavy with freak-show hyperbole and symbology stew, the one most invested in narrative meaning.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Peter Keough

    Compared to his previous films, The Dance of Reality offers a nearly coherent narrative and a gentle, reconciliatory tone.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Ben Nicholson

    The Dance of Reality is a rich and expressive new offering from a man who has always tried to sculpt something resembling cinematic poetry, whatever that might look like.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    Jodorowsky’s fondness for the surreal and grotesque is in full evidence here. What makes his films so captivating, however, isn’t their strangeness, but their refusal to divide the world into good and bad, even when it’s easy to do so.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    A full-bodied and mischievous autobiography in the spirit of Federico Fellini’s "Amarcord," Alejandro Jodorowsky’s return to filmmaking after 28 years of financial frustration explodes with great ideas.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Crammed to bursting with the director’s trademark magical realism. Occasionally marred by budgetary constraints, this is nevertheless a welcome return for an artist who truly deserves the sobriquet: El Maestro.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    The Dance of Reality, which deserves a place along Amarcord as a fantastical take on coming of age, is the work of a wise and experienced old soul with the heart and curiosity of a young man in love with life.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    The 85-year-old Chilean-born auteur returns this week with his latest directorial attempt, The Dance of Reality, an intensely personal, deeply felt, if at times solipsistic autobiographical work about his childhood in Tocopilla, a seaside town at the edge of the Chilean desert.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Stephanie Merry

    For all the spectacular weirdness, Jodorowsky manages to generate real emotion.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    At times exquisitely attuned to the commingling of the bitterly funny and tragic, and at other times an eye-roll-worthy collection of ready-made fetish videos (Flores is one brave avatar of outré sexuality), The Dance of Reality is nonetheless proof that the legendary provocateur is still a font of out-there invention.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Noel Murray

    It’s more gentle and fanciful in tone, and though it’s as episodic and digressive as Jodorowsky’s best-known work, the various pieces add up to a clear, not-so-odd narrative.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    At more than two hours, The Dance of Reality unquestionably has its longueurs, but on balance it is alive with enough images and ideas for several movies — as if Jodorowsky were afraid he might have to wait 20 more years before making another.

    Variety Full Review
  • Jessica Kiang

    Jodorowsky throws everything and several kitchen sinks into the film, yet it all has its place, and the overall effect is not of the headachey mess it would be in anyone else’s hands, but of a kind of joyous, absurdist melange of highbrow concepts, personal memoir and potty humor.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Even when it is at its most esoteric, The Dance of Reality is always brimming with passion and a daring originality. That helps smooth over the flaws, such as its general staginess and his self-indulgent tendencies.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Jodorowsky turns his own youth into an odd, hypnotic mishmash.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Stephen Dalton

    The Dance of Reality is a rich pageant of nostalgic narcissism laced with New Age mysticism and fortune-cookie wisdom.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Walter Addiego

    The Dance of Reality may not succeed, but it may hold some interest to cinephiles as a relic of a kind of extravagant, overheated personal cinema that doesn't exist anymore.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Clayton Dillard

    Alejandro Jodorowsky never manages to transcend the sense that he's indulging himself and participating in a hollow introspection unworthy of his prior cinema.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
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