The King Is Alive (2001) - Rotten Tomatoes

The King Is Alive (2001)



Critic Consensus: Though the plot feels rather contrived, the ensemble acting in this Dogme 95 film is good.

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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 King Lear only manages to plunge this disparate group of travelers into turmoil as they struggle to overcome both nature's wrath and their own mortality. In the heat of the desert, emotional and sexual tensions surge around the play's production, and they are forced to confront their most raw emotions. With all inhibitions stripped away, their individual fight for survival makes them perform the ultimate role in front of each other - their own lives.

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Critic Reviews for The King Is Alive

All Critics (68) | Top Critics (23)

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.

July 3, 2014 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

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

July 6, 2008

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

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

While I'm sure the idea was to show how isolation and desperation could augment these emotional scars, the descent happens so quickly that when tragedy strikes my emotional response was one more of indifference than involvement.

June 19, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Somebody should really plop these guys down in front of an old Rodgers & Hammerstein spectacle.

March 10, 2003 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It doesn't escape its own ascetic pretensions.

July 20, 2001 | Rating: 1.5/5

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