The Kingdom

Film, Comedy

Time Out says

This mordant blend of hospital soap, occult schlocker and social satire makes David Lynch seem prim. Set in a Copenhagen hospital, it's a farce which puts a dead man's grip on the clichés of TV soap opera. The fun comes partly from the deadpan performances - from Järegård's consultant, a universally loathed Dane-hating Swede, to Rolffes' Mrs Drusse, a career patient determined to exorcise from the building the unquiet spirit of a murdered girl. No opportunity for going over the top is missed, no ethical interdict is left untransgressed, no sensibility untrammelled. As a social indictment, it's structured in tiers, from the top-floor, which houses the administrators' Masonic lodge, to the building's bowels, in which work the dishwashers, savants with Down's syndrome who function as an eerie Greek chorus. Shot in breathless vérité-style, and marked by von Trier's customary jaundiced tone, it's a compulsive, bizzarely plausible witches' brew of interweaving storylines, conspiracy theories and paranoiac visions, held together by manic conviction right up to its Grand Guignol finale.

Details

Release details

Duration:
279 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Lars von Trier, Morton Arnfred
Screenwriter:
Lars von Trier, Tómas Gislason
Cast:
Ernst-Hugo Järegård
Kirsten Rolffes
Ghita Nørby
Søren Pilmark
Holger Juul Hansen
Annevig Schelde Ebbe