Kingdom of Us

Synopsis: A documentary showcasing the struggles of one family going through tragedy.
Director(s): Lucy Cohen
Production: Netflix
  Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 1 nomination.
 
IMDB:
7.1
Rotten Tomatoes:
100%
Year:
2017
109 min
30 Views


Do you want to go in first?

I want to film their reaction.

Everybody, Pippa's here!

- Oh, Mummy.

- Is she staying here?

- Yes.

- New baby sister.

My dad used to think Pippa was

what finally completed the whole family.

He was like, "Seven colors of the rainbow,

seven wonders of the world..."

He just had it fixated in his head

that Pippa was lucky.

- Is she really at home?

- She's at home now, forever.

We are going to take care of you so much.

Happy birthday to you

Is there anything you want to say,

before I turn the camera off, Jamie?

- Well, I'd like to ask you something.

- Is there anything you'd like to say?

- Oh, that's good.

- Okay?

I like that. That's good initiative.

- Right.

- Right.

- I'm gonna ask you to...

- Let me see you on the screen, Jamie.

What I'm doing, Jamie,

is I've recorded you

on your fourth birthday,

fifth, sixth and now

your seventh tomorrow.

This is like a little diary for you

when you're older.

And I hope you'll be pleased with Daddy.

You look beautiful, sweetheart.

I love that this is my home

and I grew up here.

We are all so close.

Give us a nice smile,

Kacie.

Everyone's kind of weird.

There's no such thing as normal.

- Cheese.

- Cheese.

Mirie is the best twin ever.

So is Lorie,

but in a different way.

Oh, doesn't she look gorgeous.

We're a handful.

I admire Mum for sticking around

and not leaving us.

We genuinely have

the best family in the world.

Give us a smile.

You see programs,

it's one big happy family.

That's only on programs.

There's seven of you,

we live in a wonderful house...

have a wonderful time...

and you have all got a very bright future.

Hi, Lorie in the future,

Jamie in the future...

And everyone in the future.

I think

we're all so used to saying...

For six years,

we've been saying we're okay.

But there are some days

that I'm like, "It's not okay.

I'm not fine about what happened."

- Hello, Mummy.

- Hello, Daddy.

Oh.

Jamie, come here

with Daddy now, please.

Please. Quickly, 'cause he's driving up.

How about we have,

like, a ceremony?

- Around the caravan?

- No, but do you know what I mean...

- I didn't mean...

- I wasn't being sarcastic.

We could all make our peace with

the caravan and say goodbye to it nicely.

I personally feel as though we've all

moved on in our lives far enough,

that it can go.

- Don't you agree?

- The Atlas.

- The Atlas, darling.

- Mum, this is one of those,

"I'm only 13."

But it's just sitting there.

It's going to get to the point

where it'll just be completely derelict.

- Mum, can I suggest something?

- Yes, darling.

There was, um, this Buddhist idea

that if you imagine all your beloved

belongings being broken and gone,

when it actually goes, it's not as sad.

Because you've already accepted the fact

that it's broken.

Okay, that's not true.

So, why don't you imagine that it's gone,

imagine that tomorrow

they're taking it away,

and imagine it's gone,

and see if you can deal with that.

- I would personally feel like...

- Have you ever tried it?

I would feel like a weight had been

partially lifted off my shoulders

with the Atlas.

I know that sounds really bad,

but I used to look out there,

and if I saw all the lights on,

I'd be crapping myself.

I would feel like

we were giving up.

I'd feel like we'd be just accepting

that he's gone.

- And I just... Mum, stop...

- Do you not feel...

- Let me finish!

- Sorry.

You got to remember that

there's eight of us,

and we are all in different stages.

We're not moving forward together.

I do not feel that if we got rid of it,

it would help me to move on.

I feel that it would mean that actually...

If Dad... I know it sounds stupid,

but if Dad did come back,

he would have nowhere to stay.

When you first met Dad,

did you realize he was the way he was?

I just thought he was very, um...

organized.

- Was he handsome?

- And very... He was handsome, yeah.

- He was good fun.

- Why did Dad write everything down?

Some days, he'd write nothing,

and other days, he'd write 20 pages.

Would it be one extreme or the other?

Would it ever be about five pages?

Or was it none or 20?

No, it was one extreme or the other.

- So, could he never be...

- Moderate.

You know when you're not

quite happy or you're sad?

He could never be in between?

No, he was always one end or the other.

Which was most common?

When we first met,

probably the happier end.

- And then did it get worse over time?

- Yeah.

Gradually, over time, it switched.

How long did it take you to notice

that he was getting worse?

I think I realized how bad it was getting

around the time Pippa was born.

But before then, you couldn't really

notice that he was getting worse?

Is it as bad as you thought it was?

- You see where the door is there?

- Yeah.

If you step too close to it,

you can almost fall through.

- The floor is almost breaking.

- Yeah. I don't know.

- I think it's...

- No one could live in here either.

We're not saying

we want to live in here.

Pippi, look.

Yeah? Mum, anything is going to break

if you snap it like that.

No, Pippi, it's not.

Oh, Mum, we can't get rid of this.

You're imagining that it's nice.

If we fixed it up a little bit,

I will come up here almost every day.

- What would you do here?

- And do what?

Homework? Be on my own? I don't know,

Niki used to write songs in here.

- Right, Pipsy.

- Yeah?

I feel like my dad was just...

He wasn't real,

he was just someone I made up.

- Pipsy, hello.

- Hello.

I don't actually have any memories of him.

I've just heard stories.

And I have made memories,

that I wasn't actually there.

Let's see.

I am trying to work out these chords

to play on the piano

so I can do my dad's song.

This song is called "A Perfect World."

And it's beautiful.

I think it's because...

my dad had an idea

of what a perfect world would be.

And I think that at one point

he had that with my mum.

The song's about my mum.

It restores my faith in love

and happiness.

It's really nice.

Fall in love with you

Like the beauty in a bird song

A song for you

In a perfect world

The story is told

That a boy meets a girl

Here we go. There's the chickens.

What a joy.

They're an absolute joy, they are.

The birds are in full song as usual.

What exciting times,

creating a beautiful garden...

giving the children a safe environment.

Kacie, are you excited

about your first day of school?

Good. I hope you have a lovely day.

God, not only are they coping,

they've videoed the whole bloody thing.

Oh, look at that! Aw.

I remember when we were younger,

we used to put on shows and stuff

for Mum and Dad.

We used to put up posters,

"Show tonight at 5:00."

- Hello and welcome to today's show.

- Aw.

Dad used to go around the table

and say what he thought

everyone would be doing

when we've grown up.

He always said I was good with a rhythm.

Did Dad want Osborn

to be an astronaut?

Daddy, wave at the camera

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