Acclaimed director Lars von Trier (Dogville, The Five Obstructions) presents Series Two of his supernatural thriller set inside Denmark’s most esteemed but cursed medical institution. Malicious forces are once again at work as the hospital’s restless spirits become even more entwined with the eccentric staff and residents. Resuming after the birth of “Little Brother,” the deformed offspring of demon-doctor Aage Krüger (Udo Kier), these four episodes will propel you deeper into the madness and evil that dwells within The Kingdom. —Koch Lorber Films
Part four of four.
With a back-story (almost) as singular as his films, Danish director Lars von Trier was one of the most exceptional filmmakers to burst onto the international film scene in the 1990s. Unapologetically confident in his artistry and an unabashed provocateur, von Trier could kick up a fuss about his behavior, but his stylistic brio, extreme narratives, and ability with actors prevented such films as Zentropa (1991), The Kingdom (1994), Breaking the Waves (1996), and Dancer in the Dark (2000) from being eclipsed by their creator. Even as he openly sought a larger audience by making films in English, von Trier’s success helped resurrect Scandinavian cinema’s international prominence; his intense fear of flying ensured he’d never “go Hollywood.”
Raised by his radical, nudist Communist parents in an unconventional environment where, as von Trier once put it, everything was permitted except “feelings, religion and enjoyment,” von Trier blossomed into a neurotic, left-wing, movie-loving… read more
What a gyp! The actors who played the main old guy & old lady croaked, & now we'll never see the show's end. What Kingdom lacks in Twin-Peaks-style elegance, it makes up for in head-scratching plot twists; messy camerawork; slapstick humour; shaggy dog heedlessness; & an all-time unforgettable achievement by Udo Kier as a deformed giant talking baby who admits his evil nature to contain it -- von Trier in a nutshell.
Like always a great episode! I loved this show so much and its such a shame it ended on a cliff hanger and he couldn't finish it. RIP Ernst-Hugo Järegård, he was so fantastic in this show. Final thoughts on the entire series: fascinating story with a beautiful balance of horror and comedy. The characters were incredibly realistic and I loved spending time with them and the cinematography was actually quite beautiful.