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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 »
3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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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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 »
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Country:

Denmark | Sweden | USA

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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Runtime:

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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 »

Connections

References Staying Alive (1983) See more »

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Every 1's a Winner
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Written by Errol Brown
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A busload of European tourists, stranded in a deserted mining town in an African desert, attempt to perform Shakespeare's KING LEAR as they struggle to survive and stay sane.
13 July 2003 | by shipherdSee all my reviews

I was inspired to write this because the other review was so dismissive of the film. The set-up may be contrived, but I found Levring's film compelling, visually inventive, richly atmospheric, and often surprising. The relationships among the characters drew me in and the performances were gripping. All told, the film provides an inspiring example of the Dogma approach to filmmaking that ventures beyond the formulaic Hollywood mold. Props to Levring and the actors!


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