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 ... 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) »

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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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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 Staying Alive (1983) See more »

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Blood on the Moon
(2000)
Composed by Derek Thompson
Production: Derek Thompson (as Hoodlum Priest) at Alpha 60
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A consuming well acted film.
15 January 2003 | by pazu7See all my reviews

I cannot pretend to understand all the subtleties of the film as I am sure they are tied metaphorically to the subtext of King Lear, which I am only remotely familiar with. However, this film captured my attention and kept it. Wonderfully acted and refreshing casual with it's loose style, the human drama and character relationships are immediately captivating. There are some slow sections and bits where the movie strains belief, especially in the sudden decision to do a play, but overall a worthy experience for those, like myself, bored with shallow, explosion ridden, special-effects driven blockbusters. At any rate, this is one of those where you have to decide for yourself.


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Language:

English | French

Release Date:

11 May 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The King Is Alive See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,929, 13 May 2001

Gross USA:

$17,929

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,929
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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