The King Is Alive (2001)
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Critic Reviews for The King Is Alive
:ags in the middle, growing more interesting -- if hardly more original -- only as the situation deteriorates.
It's all very watchable, thanks to excellent performances all around...
Levring's film isn't nearly as smart or original as he seems to think it is.
It doesn't escape its own ascetic pretensions.
Pulsing with color and movement in a vast, dune filled landscape, this is a whole new way of using a now familiar bag of tricks.
The King Is Alive intrigues mainly for its spare style and brittle, sweat-soaked performances.
Audience Reviews for The King Is Alive
What an unpleasant and nasty little film. The film is a character study of human nature with a bunch of unappealing characters. You can hardly become involved in a film when everyone in it is a jerk. Very slow moving, but has some stunning visual moments. The acting is good.
The writing/directing style reminded me of Hotel. In other words, a bit too artsy-fartsy for my tastes. I'd be curious to see another Dogme 95 movie though before I pass judgment on the movement.
I found this film a bit disturbing...but the acting is great...and any film that makes its characters reenact Shakespeare gets a thumbs up from me!
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