Kingdom of Us (2017)



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How does a family deal with memories of a traumatic event? It's a question sensitively examined in this moving documentary. In her quietly watchful debut, Lucy Cohen impresses with a delicate, powerfully effective exploration of grief, identity and family bonds. For over three years, Cohen filmed a mother and her seven children - whose father's suicide left them financially ruined. Incorporating family archive footage and capturing the surrounding West Midlands landscape, Kingdom of Us records the siblings' emotional recovery, piecing together their broken past and contemplating fears and aspirations for their future. Cohen's film highlights youthful power and resilience, as the family travel the rocky road towards hope.

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It offers a quiet, intimate look into one family's pain that can never quite be captured by statistics or brief human interest stories.

Dec 19, 2017 | Full Review…

It's both delicate and confrontational, exploring the family unit, reactions to grief and identity with no-holds-barred access...Kingdom of Us is essential viewing

Nov 8, 2017 | Full Review…

Raw, intense docu on family's life after father's suicide.

Oct 24, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Touching and responsibly presented, the film shows the meditative, intimate power of the documentary format.

Oct 19, 2017 | Full Review…

Cohen has assembled a layered, jigsaw-like portrait of a knotted and undeniably traumatised family unit, whose apparent isolation is alluded to in the film's title.

Oct 8, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Documentary at its best is an organic, malleable form of filmmaking which can evolve to absorb new angles and directions. This is certainly the case with Lucy Cohen's impressive, deftly edited documentary feature debut.

Oct 8, 2017 | Full Review…

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