“The Dance of Reality” – A spiritual masterpiece
Written and directed by: Alejandro Jodorowsky
Starring: Brontis Jodorowsky, Pamela Flores, and Jeremias Herskovitz
I honestly can’t think of the last time I began watching a film with as high of expectations as when I pushed play on Alejandro Jodorowsky’s autobiographical “The Dance of Reality”. I mean (and I know this has been said a million times already) it is the legendary director’s first film in over two decades. I own and love every one of his previous films, and cannot even begin to describe the impact they have had on my love of film.
“Dance” not only met, but exceeded those high expectations. It is pure, unfiltered Jodorowsky. A perfect insight into his early life and the experiences that shaped the imagination of the man who has created such beautiful, singular art in cinema and literature. The story follows a young Alejandro, as he goes through the difficult journey of youth. Much of the narrative centers on his relationship with his parents, and the affect they had on his mind and spirit.
As anyone who has seen one or more of his films would expect, the moving story is backed up by stunning imagery, fantastical characters, and the gorgeous backdrop of a small coastal town (Tocopilla) that is the village Jodorowsky grew up in. Every frame is filled with vibrant colors. Every person we encounter has distinguishing characteristics that add to the dreamlike quality of the film. Every aspect of the film succeeds in painting a masterpiece of sights, words, and emotions. The viewer cannot help but be sucked into the world that existed in the young mind and now memory of Alejandro Jodorowsky.
I would highly recommend this film to anyone who is a fan of his earlier works, or even a fan of cinema in general. It is a profound film that will move every viewer. A nearly perfect movie.