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The Dance of Reality

La danza de la realidad

Directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky
Chile, France, 2013
Biography, Avant-Garde


Blending his personal history with metaphor, mythology and poetry, The Dance of Reality reflects Jodorowsky’s philosophy that reality is not objective but rather a “dance” created by our own imaginations.

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The Dance of Reality Directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2013 | Directors' Fortnight



Kinema Junpo Awards

2014 | Nominee: Best Foreign Film

Jodorowsky reaches beyond the purely personal or familial to big, universal themes: the constant seesaw between “suffering and relief” in life (given many vivid, small-scale, parable-like illustrations); the deluded nature of all fanatical, political ideologies, whether of the left or right… Stylistically, the film has a touchingly simple, sometimes amateurish manner, akin to the genre of naive painting – a trait indelibly caught in the charming, B-movie style of digital effects.
September 07, 2015
The film is something of a glorious mess, with individual grandiose set pieces inelegantly stitched together in the place of an immersive and comprehensible drama. The director himself appears to offer advice to his younger self, though his musings are, for the large part, comically unintelligible.
August 20, 2015
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Greater rigour in the editing might have resulted in a more digestible film, but Jodorowsky has made significant strides as a storyteller and by the end, with the family setting sail for a new life together, he has earned the standing ovation he received at Cannes.
July 03, 2015

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