The Radio Times logo

The Dance of Reality

  • Drama
  • Fantasy
  • 2013
  • Alexandro Jodorowsky
  • 132 mins
  • 18

Summary

In a Chilean little town, the son of an uprooted couple, formed by a rigorous communist father and a loving but weak mother, tries to pave his own path in a society that does not understand their Jewish-Ukrainian origins.

Advertisement
Powered By
IMDB

Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Alejandro Jodorowsky (director of quintessential 1970 cult flick El Topo) returns to his childhood in 1930s Chile for this striking semi-autobiographical drama. Shot in Tocopilla, the actual village of his youth, this surreal blend of truth and fantasy is a story of two halves. Initially, it's all about the young Alejandro and his fractious relationship with his martinet father, Jaime (played by the director's son, Brontis), a seething Stalinist whose frustration with his life (as the owner of a clothes shop) results in brutal treatment of his young son. Meanwhile, the boy's mother swaddles him in affection (and her overtly ample bosom) while singing all her dialogue like an opera diva. But, then the focus falls on Jaime, who leaves home to change the world, only to find enlightenment when he's shattered by a failed assassination attempt, paralysis, a street fight with Nazis and government torture (via electrodes on his unmentionables). A spiritual odyssey - along with appearances from mystics, circus midgets and the limbless - indicates we are on familiar Jodorowsky turf here, with the man himself appearing on screen to offer his musings on life, most poignantly when he emerges to support his troubled younger self after antisemitic abuse. It won't be to all tastes (graphic nudity, full-frontal urination) and is more hallucinatory memory book than straight autobiography, but what a journey it is.

How to watch

Loading

Streaming

Credits

Cast

rolename
Alexandro as an adultAlexandro Jodorowsky
JaimeBrontis Jodorowsky
SaraPamela Flores
Alexandro as a childJeremias Herskovits
Carlos IbáñezBastian Bodenhöfer
Don AquilesAndres Cox
AnarchistAdan Jodorowsky
TheosophistAxel Jodorowsky

Crew

rolename
DirectorAlexandro Jodorowsky

Details

Theatrical distributor
Metrodome
Released on
2015-08-21
Languages
Spanish
Guidance
Violence, nudity.
Formats
Colour
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Sponsored content