The King Is Alive
The King Is Alive (2001)

Stranded in the heat of a barren African desert, eleven bus passengers shelter in the elements of an abandoned town. As rescue grows more remote by the day and anxiety deepens, an idea emerges: why not stage a play? However, the choice of… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 11, 2001
DVD Release Date: November 19, 2002
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Consensus: Though the plot feels rather contrived, the ensemble acting in this Dogme 95 film is good.

Brandon Judell

The King is Alive interweaves the madness, the foolhardiness, the greed and the ferocity of human nature that Shakespeare depicted so brilliantly in Lear back in 1606, and shatters us again and again with its insights made refreshed.

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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly

Levring's film isn't nearly as smart or original as he seems to think it is.


The endless vistas of sand that surround the forlorn settlement embody the void at the heart of its abandoned, terrified characters.

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Lisa Nesselson

:ags in the middle, growing more interesting -- if hardly more original -- only as the situation deteriorates.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

It doesn't escape its own ascetic pretensions.

Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

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.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

It's all very watchable, thanks to excellent performances all around...

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

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.

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Brandon Judell
Detour Magazine

Here is a small masterpiece about the erosion of civilized egos by the elements.

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