The Kingdom

The Kingdom (1994-1997)

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Overview

"Riget" is an eight-episode Danish television mini-series created by Lars von Trier in 1994. It has been edited together into two movies with a combined running time of approximately nine and a half hours for distribution in the United Kingdom and United States. The series is set in the neurosurgical ward of Copenhagen's Rigshospitalet, the city and country's main hospital, nicknamed "Riget", which means "the kingdom". The show follows a number of characters, both staff and patients, as they encounter bizarre phenomena, both human and supernatural. The show is notable for its wry humor, its muted sepia colour scheme, and the appearance of a chorus of dishwashers with Down Syndrome who discuss in intimate detail the strange occurrences in the hospital. It appears as one of the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.

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