Desperate to return home from a state visit to Istanbul when his country suffers its worst-ever political crisis, but unable to fly due to a solar storm, the King of the Belgians finds himself on a tumultuous road trip across the Balkans.
The King of the Belgians is on a state visit in Istanbul when his country falls apart. He must return home at once to save his kingdom. But a solar storm causes airspace and communications to shut down. No planes. No phones. With the help of a British filmmaker and a troupe of Bulgarian folk singers, the King and his entourage manage to escape over the border. Incognito. Thus begins an odyssey across the Balkans during which the King discovers the real world - and his true self. Written by
It could be a road movie, a soft satyre or a fake documentary. it use cliches and gives a courageous-provocative perspective about essential problems of contemporary world. and this is a significant good point. the bad side - sure, as Romanian I am real subjective, the image of Balkans. I understand, for a public from West, the profound believes are not easy to change. and the portrait is far to be awfull. but something remains in the circle of notes well known. the Serbians, the Bulgarians reduced at folklore and yoghourt, the Albanians. I do not ignore the good intentions and the Serbian man questions are expression of an old frustration but , maybe, out of exoticism of an initiation of the king in a form of real life , could be better tools for express that. short, a nice film. for story, perspectives about Europe and sweat - bitter story about a king who reminds, a little, the King Lear.
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