The King Is Alive
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Shot against the barren sand dunes of Africa's Namib Desert, The King Is Alive is the fourth film to adhere to the stripped-down aesthetic of the Dogma 95 movement, and the first to bear the directorial stamp of the manifesto's co-author Kristian Levring. The improvised, shot-on-digital video production concerns the exploits of almost a dozen tourists who find themselves stranded when their bus breaks down miles from civilization. A thespian amongst the group, Henry (David Bradley), is the first to suggest that their situation may be more dire than it seems. His doubts send the rest of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

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":ags in the middle, growing more interesting -- if hardly more original -- only as the situation deteriorates."
‑ Lisa Nesselson, Variety
"It doesn't escape its own ascetic pretensions."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"The endless vistas of sand that surround the forlorn settlement embody the void at the heart of its abandoned, terrified characters."
‑ , Film4
"The real problem is the way the story tries so hard to incorporate Shakespearean themes."
‑ Rich Cline, Film Threat
"An imaginative film that feels ten times more genuine than any ten movies of the "Castaway" variety (or as I like to call it, "The 90 million dollar Fed-Ex Commercial")"
‑ Brian Mckay,
"It's all very watchable, thanks to excellent performances all around..."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Pulsing with color and movement in a vast, dune filled landscape, this is a whole new way of using a now familiar bag of tricks."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"I spent much of the movie marvelling about how the form and style of the Dogme film fit perfectly into the story, and how none of the players seemed like they were pretending, even when they were being theatrical."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"Even for a Dogma 95 movie, this one is unusual because it features a remote, exotic setting and a Shakepearean subtext."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"Somebody should really plop these guys down in front of an old Rodgers & Hammerstein spectacle."
‑ Kimberley Jones, Austin Chronicle
"Levring's film isn't nearly as smart or original as he seems to think it is."
‑ Ernest Hardy, L.A. Weekly
"The King Is Alive intrigues mainly for its spare style and brittle, sweat-soaked performances."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Here is a small masterpiece about the erosion of civilized egos by the elements."
‑ Brandon Judell, Detour Magazine
"About as far from a Shakespearean stage but as close to Shakespearean essence as it can be."
‑ Joshua Tanzer, Offoffoff
"Admittedly not for all tastes, but I liked what I bit into even if there was some sand in the offering."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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