The King Is Alive

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

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Movie Info

Stranded in the heat of a barren African desert, eleven bus-passengers shelter in the remnants 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 morality.

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Critic Reviews for The King Is Alive

All Critics (68) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (41) | Rotten (27)

  • The King is Alive interweaves the madness, the foolhardiness, the greed and the ferocity of human nature that Shakespeare depicted so brilliantly in Lear back in 1606, and shatters us again and again with its insights made refreshed.

    July 3, 2014 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…
  • :ags in the middle, growing more interesting -- if hardly more original -- only as the situation deteriorates.

    July 6, 2008

    Lisa Nesselson

    Variety
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  • It's all very watchable, thanks to excellent performances all around...

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
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  • While I'm sure the idea was to show how isolation and desperation could augment these emotional scars, the descent happens so quickly that when tragedy strikes my emotional response was one more of indifference than involvement.

    June 19, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Somebody should really plop these guys down in front of an old Rodgers & Hammerstein spectacle.

    March 10, 2003 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It doesn't escape its own ascetic pretensions.

    July 20, 2001 | Rating: 1.5/5

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