Movie Review: Daydreams become nightmares in Quentin Dupieux’s Reality

In Reality, the latest meta-whatsit from musician-turned-filmmaker Quentin Dupieux (Rubber, Wrong), a cooking show cameraman (Alain Chabat) is given the chance to direct a sci-fi horror movie, provided he can bring the producer a genuine scream of agony in 48 hours. There’s a pinch of satire there, but only for flavoring; Dupieux, who records as Mr. Oizo, is mostly interested in constructing sequences and loops.

The cameraman calls himself from a dream, or he is being dreamt by someone, or he is a character in a movie within a movie within this movie, directed by an ex-documentary filmmaker named Zog. The producer—who is named Bob Marshall (Jonathan Lambert), but doesn’t speak English—keeps offering cigars or cigarettes and moving the conversation between his desk and the balcony, where he keeps a sniper rifle to shoot surfers. Sometimes, his desk is in the woods.

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