King Nothing

The prettiest Dogme film to date may be the one that has the least to say

One point that will interest cinephiles is that this film marks the final performance of the late Brion James. For those familiar with his work as a heavy in such films as Blade Runner and The Fifth Element, his performance here is a shock: He appears to have aged 20 years since his previous on-screen appearance and looks to be on the verge of death throughout (a harbinger of his passing very soon after shooting wrapped). James's presence adds a nice, honest poignancy to the forced emotions going on around him. Director Levring certainly knows how to manipulate an audience's feelings in the short term, and he'll probably impress some with his film. But the more one thinks about it, the less truthful The King Is Alive appears.

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