[Reality] directed by Tina Satter, USA 2023, 83’ (English friendly)
Her hair is tied up in a messy bun, her gaze fixed on the screen. She’s wearing yellow trainers with no laces and a top showing under a white shirt. The 25-year-old Reality Winner (played by Euphoria and White Lotus star Sydney Sweeney) is a young translator with a routine. After work, she gives yoga classes, goes grocery shopping, sips iced coffee and posts selfies on Instagram. When under stress, she uses humour as a shield. Reality is full of contradictions. This is noticed by FBI agents who search her house. The woman is suspected of printing classified documents. However, she seems to be more concerned about her cat and dog, who are stressed by the presence of strangers.
Reality is the portrait of the modern girl we have long been waiting for. A girl who refuses to be categorized and whose personality has many colours. She uses different variations of femininity, like changing masks. Her love of the tranquillity offered by yoga does not stop her from training CrossFit. Her unconventionality and broad knowledge are impressive. When it’s convenient, she hides behind the stereotype of the blonde, only to retort afterwards. She resorts to humour when she feels threatened – don’t we all? An almost intimate, 90-minute encounter with Reality follows in the footsteps of The Worst Person in the World, presenting a portrait of the modern woman in version 2.0. In this role, Sydney Sweeney shows that she has enough talent to become a great actor.