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125 Ratings

The Kingdom


Denmark, Italy, 1994
TV Mini-series, Drama, Comedy


Follows the supernatural, unexplainable occurrences inside a Danish hospital ward. Both satirical and horrifying, The Kingdom is a world of its own. Two seasons, and 8 episodes in total.

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The Kingdom Directed by Morten Arnfred, Lars von Trier

Critics reviews

The graininess of security camera footage and the scuff marks on the hallway floors contribute to the texture of decay, while the color scheme suggests rot and excrement. One of the series’ indelible images—a phantom ambulance—taps, simultaneously, into fears of the night, medicine, automation, and the irrational unknown. The innate spookiness of the graveyard shift has rarely been conveyed so potently.
March 18, 2014
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Though it didn’t exactly bore me, I must confess that The Kingdomwas a disappointment after what I’d been hearing from friends in New York. For all the thematic ambitions of von Trier’s 1991Zentropa, what impressed me about it was its fancy technique and visual style; after all, this feature was shot mainly in black and white by Henning Bendtsen, the same man who shot Carl Dreyer’s Ordet and Gertrud. These virtues pretty much go out the window in The Kingdom…
November 24, 1995
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