Luciano becomes obsessed with being on a reality television show

Returning to the mean streets of Naples after his coruscating Mob drama Gomorrah (2008), writer/director Matteo Garrone here fashions a realist fable that grows deeper and darker as it unfurls. 

The roving camera locks onto Luciano (Aniello Arena, currently serving life for gang-related killings), a garrulous fishmonger who morphs into a modern-day Rupert Pupkin after auditioning for Big Brother. 

The message is second-hand and obvious - reality TV offers false dreams; real values are to be found in family, friends and, this being Italy, church - but Garrone handles the material expertly. 

The final scene is disturbing and audacious.

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