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The King is Alive (2000)

Cast: Miles Anderson, Miles Anderson, Romane Bohringer, more...
Director: Kristian Levring, Kristian Levring
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Studio: MGM
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Scandinavia
Running Time: 106 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Shot against the barren sand dunes of Africa's Namib Desert, The King Is Alive is the fourth film to adhere to the stripped-down aesthetic of the Dogma 95 movement, and the first to bear the directorial stamp of the manifesto's co-author Kristian Levring. The improvised, shot-on-digital video production concerns the exploits of almost a dozen tourists who find themselves stranded when their bus breaks down miles from civilization. A thespian amongst the group, Henry (David Bradley), is the first to suggest that their situation may be more dire than it seems. His doubts send the rest of the folks -- including American travelers Ray (Bruce Davison), Liz (Janet McTeer), Ashley (Brion James), and Gina (Jennifer Jason Leigh), and a high-minded Parisian, Catherine (Romane Bohringer) -- into fits of fear and dread. To get their minds off the heat, hunger, and dehydration, the castaways stage an impromptu reading of Shakespeare's King Lear, which they can only fitfully remember. As their situations worsen, the tourists begin to take out their personal aggressions on one another. The King Is Alive was shown as part of the 2000 Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals. ~ Michael Hastings, All Movie Guide

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GreenCine Member Reviews

Get a root canal instead of watching... by ClarySage January 5, 2006 - 10:19 PM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
In spite of this movie's synopsis, the principals do not seem to suffer from heat, hunger, or dehydration. Mostly they suffer from dysfunctional sex and inane dialogue while the viewer suffers from boredom. Of course the characters do what any thinking person would do when stranded in the desert: they put on a Shakespearean play FROM MEMORY. This film belongs in my bottom ten.

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Cannes Film Festival & More - 2000
Official Selection, Certain Regards... and more. Here is a bit more information on the films screened at the Cannes. I have attempted to list all the films that were considered for an award as well as any special screenings.
An updated collective of Dogme film directors (founded in Copenhagen in spring 1995).

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