The Living Wake (2007)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy  |  8 June 2007 (USA)
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A dark comedy which chronicles the final day in the life of self-proclaimed artist and genius, K. Roth Binew. Binew is a dreamer who elevates his drab and somewhat pitiful existence into a ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
K. Roth Binew
Lampert Binew
Diane Kagan ...
Caleb Wentworth ...
Young K. Roth
Sam Goldfarb ...
K. Roth's Doctor
Ben Duhl ...
Stephen Brian Jones ...
Peter Paton ...
Old Man
Colombe Jacobsen-Derstine ...
Passerby Man


A dark comedy which chronicles the final day in the life of self-proclaimed artist and genius, K. Roth Binew. Binew is a dreamer who elevates his drab and somewhat pitiful existence into a personal mythology. For his final day K. Roth Binew enlists his best friend, the unrecognized poet and biographer Mills Joquin to chronicle his final hours. Mills Joquin drives Binew around town on a bicycle-powered rickshaw. As the eccentric duo go about their day, Binew hands out invitations to his final party, a living wake, where Binew will do a short performance before dropping dead on the spot. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for sexual material

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8 June 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Czuwanie przed koncem  »

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$500,000 (estimated)

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$3,821 (USA) (14 May 2010)


$12,055 (USA) (16 July 2010)

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Mills: Oh, majestic goat. Die quietly on your stake, and trust your throat will bleat on our plates. Oh,majestic goat. have faith your surrender will sate our tummy-boats, will feed out luncheon splendor. Oh, Majestic goat.
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I Have Kroth Binew And It's Quite Catchy!
29 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw The Living Wake when it screened at the Austin Film Festival in October of 2007. It was a rather amusing story of a man preparing for what he believes to be his final day of life. He wants everyone he's ever come to know throughout his life to be there to witness his wake where he will perform and then die on the spot. To say this film is offbeat would be a pretty fair way to judge it. The humor had a lot of people howling in the audience (my friend, a fellow aspiring screenwriter, was one of the many howling). I thought it reminded me in a sense of some of the work of Wes Anderson, but my friend (who is not a fan of Anderson) disagreed. After all was said and done, the film was quite enjoyable even though there were moments that were a little awkward to say the least. I hope it finds a distributor (whether it be on DVD or in the theater). It deserves it.

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