The King Is Alive (2001)

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Critic Consensus: Though the plot feels rather contrived, the ensemble acting in this Dogme 95 film is good.


Movie Info

Stranded in the heat of a barren African desert, eleven bus passengers shelter in the elements of an abandoned town. As rescue grows more remote by the day and anxiety deepens, an idea emerges: why not stage a play? However, the choice of King Lear only manages to plunge this disparate group of travelers into turmoil as they struggle to overcome both nature's wrath and their own mortality. In the heat of the desert, emotional and sexual tensions surge around the play's production, and they are … More

Rating: R (for sexuality and language)
Genre: Drama , Horror , Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Kristian Levring, Anders Thomas Jensen, Peter Aalbęk Jensen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 19, 2002
Runtime:
IFC Films

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as Catherine

as Charles

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Critic Reviews for The King Is Alive

All Critics (70) | Top Critics (20)

:ags in the middle, growing more interesting -- if hardly more original -- only as the situation deteriorates.

Full Review… | July 6, 2008
Variety
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It's all very watchable, thanks to excellent performances all around...

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Levring's film isn't nearly as smart or original as he seems to think it is.

Full Review… | November 18, 2002
L.A. Weekly
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It doesn't escape its own ascetic pretensions.

July 20, 2001
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review… | June 28, 2001
Entertainment Weekly
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The King Is Alive intrigues mainly for its spare style and brittle, sweat-soaked performances.

June 22, 2001
Miami Herald
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