6.4/10
1,720
29 user 35 critic

The King Is Alive (2000)

R | | Drama | 11 May 2001 (USA)
When a bus breaks down in the desert, the passengers decide to stage "King Lear."

Director:

(uncredited)

Writers:

(with: inspiration from "King Lear"), | 1 more credit »

On Disc

at Amazon

3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Romance | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Kresten has moved from his parents farm on a small Danish island to Copenhagen in order to pursue his working career. When his father dies he has to move back to the farm, where nothing ... See full summary »

Director: Søren Kragh-Jacobsen
Stars: Iben Hjejle, Anders W. Berthelsen, Jesper Asholt
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Kira and Mads try to work out their marriage, after Kira has been two years in a mental institution, but is she really ready for the real world?

Director: Ole Christian Madsen
Stars: Stine Stengade, Lars Mikkelsen, Sven Wollter
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A man signs up for a test trial of a new anti-depressant as a way to change his life. When the trial is called off, he continues taking the medication with violent results.

Director: Kristian Levring
Stars: Ulrich Thomsen, Paprika Steen, Emma Sehested Høeg
The Intended (2002)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A period drama/thriller about a surveyor and his fiancée who arrive in a remote Malaysian trading post and encounter a closed-fisted ivory trader and her ill-meaning family.

Director: Kristian Levring
Stars: JJ Feild, Janet McTeer, Brenda Fricker
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Several lonely hearts in a semi-provincial suburb of a town in Denmark use a beginner's course in Italian as the platform to meet the romance of their lives.

Director: Lone Scherfig
Stars: Anders W. Berthelsen, Ann Eleonora Jørgensen, Anette Støvelbæk
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A portrait of the effects of schizophrenia on family life is the central focus.

Director: Harmony Korine
Stars: Ewen Bremner, Brian Fisk, Chloë Sevigny
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

At Helge's 60th birthday party, some unpleasant family truths are revealed.

Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Stars: Ulrich Thomsen, Henning Moritzen, Thomas Bo Larsen
Fuckland (2000)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Fabián, a magician from Buenos Aires, saves his money from weddings, birthdays, and bar mitzvahs, and uses a hidden camera to document a week-long trip to the Falkland Islands where he has ... See full summary »

Director: José Luis Marquès
Stars: Fabián Stratas, Camilla Heaney
Idioterne (1998)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The group of people gather at the house in Copenhagen suburb to break all the limitations and to bring out the "inner idiot" in themselves.

Director: Lars von Trier
Stars: Bodil Jørgensen, Jens Albinus, Anne Louise Hassing
Ro.Go.Pa.G. (1963)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

This consists of four short films by different directors. Rosselini's 'Chastity' ('Illibatezza') deals with an attractive air hostess who receives the unwelcome attentions of a middle aged ... See full summary »

Directors: Jean-Luc Godard, Ugo Gregoretti, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Rosanna Schiaffino, Bruce Balaban, Maria Pia Schiaffino
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In the sixteenth century, Francis Barnard travels to Spain to clarify the strange circumstances of his sister's death after she had married the son of a cruel Spanish Inquisitor.

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Vincent Price, Barbara Steele, John Kerr
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  
Director: Kristian Levring
Stars: Henrik Birk, Lizzie Corfixen, Ole Dupont
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Jack
...
Catherine
...
Henry
...
Charles
...
Ray
...
Ashley
Peter Khubeke ...
Kanana (as Peter Kubheka)
Vusi Kunene ...
Moses
...
Gina
...
Liz
Chris Walker ...
Paul
...
Amanda
Edit

Storyline

While shifting airports by bus in Africa, a group of passengers is driven to the middle of nowhere in the desert by the driver that is following a defective compass. They run out of gas and they reach a ghost village inhabited by a single man, Kanana. One passenger that has experience with desert gives five advices to the others to survive in the spot, among them to keep the spirit high, while he travels through the desert seeking for help. One intellectual in the stranded group suggests the performance of King Lear to keep the morale of the survivors. Along the days, while hope decreases, the tension increases among the survivors. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

desert | tragedy | bus | stranded | village | See All (26) »

Taglines:

As the sand shifts...madness nears.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

|

Release Date:

11 May 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dogme 4  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$17,929 (USA) (11 May 2001)

Gross:

$103,505 (USA) (10 August 2001)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TV) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This is the fourth film to be made according to the Dogme 95 rules. The Dogme 95 was founded by Lars von Trier, Thomas Vinterberg, Søren Kragh-Jacobsen and Kristian Levring. See more »

Crazy Credits

In Memoriam Brion James See more »

Connections

References Staying Alive (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Blood on the Moon
(2000)
Composed by Derek Thompson
Production: Derek Thompson (as Hoodlum Priest) at Alpha 60
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

anything new here?
28 December 2003 | by (Vermont, USA) – See all my reviews

I remain unimpressed, worried, and confused about "Dogma". Is there anything fresh being done here? As for the existential possibilities of a group stranded together in unfamiliar, perhaps threatening conditions; as for the warped-mirroring of theatre and life; and as for disjointed filming and bumpy cameras -- please, don't anyone get their hopes up that there's anything revealing, glimmering, or meaningful here. The film takes a small view of human nature, yet there is one character, the native who watches and narrates, who seems to have a genuine eye. Why couldn't this have been the film- maker's eye? Perhaps ancient cultures are just not "Dogmatic" enough for this postmodern world. I am only glad that the film-makers had room in their hearts for this character.


5 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?