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The King Is Alive (2000)

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

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... Jack
... Catherine
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... Charles
... Ray
... Ashley
Peter Khubeke ... Kanana (as Peter Kubheka)
Vusi Kunene ... Moses
... Gina
... Liz
Chris Walker ... Paul
... Amanda
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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

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

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As the sand shifts...madness nears.

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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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Also Known As:

Dogme 4  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$17,929, 13 May 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$103,505, 12 August 2001
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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 »

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References Staying Alive (1983) See more »

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Every 1's a Winner
(1978)
Written by Errol Brown
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anything new here?
28 December 2003 | by 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.


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