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The Dance of Reality

(La danza de la realidad)
Chile/France 2013. Dir: Alejandro Jodorowsky. 130 min. DCP

VANCOUVER PREMIERE! EXCLUSIVE FIRST RUN! ► Alejandro Jodorowsky’s first movie in 23 years is a full-throttle return to form for the mad maestro of El Topo and The Holy Mountain, now an octogenarian (and, perhaps fittingly, also now an asteroid: 261690 Jodorowsky). A semi-autobiographical, semi-fantasized coming-of-age tale reminiscent of Fellini’s Amarcord, the film is set in 1930s Chile, where a little boy named Alejandro grows up, unhappily, under a stern, domineering father and a statuesque, operatically-emotive mother. The Dance of Reality may be Jodorowsky’s most coherent, grounded, and personal film ever. Stuffed with mythology, metaphor, poetry, surrealist spectacle, and outré sexuality, it’s also still very much the real Jodorowsky deal — “alive with enough images and ideas for several movies” (Scott Foundas, Variety).

 

REVIEWS

"A triumphant return ... The extinct volcano of underground cinema has burst into life once again."

The Guardian | full review

The Dance of Reality may be Jodorowsky’s best film ... It has something El Topo and The Holy Mountain did not: the graceful clarity of a fairy tale.”

Village Voice | full review

"The arrival of a new Jodorowsky feature would be grounds for excitement even if the movie in question, The Dance of Reality, were not something very close to a masterpiece."

New York Times | full review

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