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The Kingdom - Series One [2-Disc Set]

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Director Lars von Trier puts his mischievous mind to work once again, this time creating a bizarre, humorous, and suspenseful tale about a Danish hospital that is haunted by ancient spirits. Copenhagen's largest hospital is nicknamed the Kingdom, and there are many odd things happening inside of it. The strange members of the medical staff have to contend with such heinous matters as murder and malpractice, but also occurrences linked to the occult and the supernatural. When a hypochondriac patient--who also happens to be the mother of one of the staff's employees--begins to see the ghost of a young girl who is trying to tell her something, she unsuccessfully tries to convince the staff that she isn't delusional. It isn't until each individual begins to experience mysterious episodes for themselves that the Kingdom starts to collapse. Filmed for Danish television in four separate hour-long episodes--"The Unheavenly Host," "Thy Kingdom Come," "The Living Dead," and "A Foreign Body"--von Trier's quirky drama builds in tension up to its shocking finale.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 3044

  • Credits
    Ernst-Hugo Jaregard, Kirsten Rolffes, Ghita Norby, Udo Kier
  • Critic Reviews
    "...The left-field extravaganza of the year....Adroit as well as funny..."
    Premiere

    "...As colourful a collection of oddballs as you could wish to see..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...[A] slice of Danish surrealism....Haunt[s] like a vivid dream." -- Rating: B
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...[THE KINGDOM] shows that Trier has the sharpest, blackest sense of humor in modern Europe..."
    Film Comment

    "...The film never forsakes its tone of deadpan earnestness....A prolonged tongue-in-cheek assault on film and television realism and ultimately on rationality itself..."
    New York Times

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