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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."

Director:

Kristian Levring (uncredited)

Writers:

William Shakespeare (with: inspiration from "King Lear"), Kristian Levring | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Miles Anderson ... Jack
Romane Bohringer ... Catherine
David Bradley ... Henry
David Calder ... Charles
Bruce Davison ... Ray
Brion James ... Ashley
Peter Khubeke Peter Khubeke ... Kanana (as Peter Kubheka)
Vusi Kunene Vusi Kunene ... Moses
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Gina
Janet McTeer ... Liz
Chris Walker Chris Walker ... Paul
Lia Williams ... Amanda
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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

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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 »
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Language:

English | French

Release Date:

11 May 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dogme 4 See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,929, 13 May 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$103,505, 12 August 2001
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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 »

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In Memoriam Brion James See more »

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References Grease (1978) See more »

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Sly Diva
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A real life changer
31 May 2005 | by sarahm-11See all my reviews

I was speechless after seeing this movie. I started watching it late on a weekday, knowing I would have to get up the next day but couldn't tear myself away! I had to know what would happen to the characters. The situation was starkly realized, and I could feel the slow dawning of awareness as the bus passengers see how futile their schedules and agendas are, survival quickly becomes the priority. I think to center criticism on the chances of getting lost like that and other plot details miss the point. The choice of "Lear" as a play to put on to distract from the terrible circumstances does not seem contrived, and this would not be the first movie to work the Shakespearean tragedy into its story, with, I thought an awful premonition of what was to come.


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