The King (2006)

The King (2006)

The King (2006)

Gael García Bernal (The Motor Cycle Diaries, The Science Of Sleep) stars as Mexican drifter Elvis. After being discharged from the Navy he tracks down his father David (William Hurt) – a former hellraiser, now a preacher at an evangelical Southern church.

But David scorns Elvis, reasoning he has a new family and that Elvis is the result of love affair from a past life - before he found Jesus. Elvis accepts this, but can’t keep his hands off the Pastor’s 16 yr old daughter Malerie (Pell James), and they fall in love. Problematic. The discovery of the love affair by Malerie’s Bible-student brother will lead to tragedy and though David slowly accepts Elvis, his own past sins are about to be repaid.

2006105 minsUSA, UK
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Variety

Variety

press

The story of a veritable devil who comes to test and destroy a family of faith, "The King" is a noxious film morally and an aggravating one dramatically...

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Sunday Star-Times

Sunday Star-Times

press

Arriving with little fanfare, other than perhaps the escalating popularity of its ubiquitous Hispanic heartthrob lead Gael Garcia Bernal, James Marsh's The King, with its ideological murkiness and dangerously nihilistic tone, will likely churn the guts of many unsuspecting viewers...

3.0
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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

William Hurt can be so subterranean we don't know where he's tunneling. Here he seems to be one thing while becoming its opposite...

3.0
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Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

press

Compelling and exasperating in pretty much equal doses...

2.0
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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Beautifully shot and well acted, the film might well cause controversy among fundamentalist believers as a provocative allery challenging the power of faith...

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A compelling, intelligent and provocative sins-of-the-father story with a terrific ensemble cast, and a standout Mr. Ripley turn by the ever-versatile Gael Garcia Bernal...

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

The story of a veritable devil who comes to test and destroy a family of faith, "The King" is a noxious film morally and an aggravating one dramatically...

0
Sunday Star-Times

Sunday Star-Times

press

Arriving with little fanfare, other than perhaps the escalating popularity of its ubiquitous Hispanic heartthrob lead Gael Garcia Bernal, James Marsh's The King, with its ideological murkiness and dangerously nihilistic tone, will likely churn the guts of many unsuspecting viewers...

3.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

William Hurt can be so subterranean we don't know where he's tunneling. Here he seems to be one thing while becoming its opposite...

3.0
0
Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

press

Compelling and exasperating in pretty much equal doses...

2.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Beautifully shot and well acted, the film might well cause controversy among fundamentalist believers as a provocative allery challenging the power of faith...

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A compelling, intelligent and provocative sins-of-the-father story with a terrific ensemble cast, and a standout Mr. Ripley turn by the ever-versatile Gael Garcia Bernal...

4.0
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