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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Mikkel Følsgaard
Alicia Vilander
Mads Mikkelsen.
Directors
Nicolaj Arcel.
Screenwriters
Nikolaj Arcel
Rasmus Heisterberg.
Running Time
138 minutes

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A Royal Affair
Putting the 'knave' into Scandinavia


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Plot
Denmark, 1760s. German doctor Johann Struensee (Mikkelsen) is taken on to attend to the questionable sanity of the erratic King Christian. The German's eye is quickly caught by the king's beautiful wife, Queen Caroline (Vikander), and the two fall into an affair that threatens to consume them both.


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A Royal Affair
In the dark about Danish royal history? Then you’re in for a treat with this colourful drama based on an eventful period near the end of the 18th century. Mads Mikkelsen is Johann Friedrich Struensee, German physician, liberal thinker, friend to the idiotic King Christian VII (a hilarious Mikkel Boe Følsgaard) and more than a friend to his Queen, Caroline (a luminous Alicia Vikander). Both smarter than the king, Johann and Caroline persuade him to pass reforms he knows little about, much to the concern of grasping council members. It’s a little long and neglects a few peripheral characters, but it’s still a highly entertaining and enjoyably educational period romp.


Verdict
A voluptuous slice of historical drama that will satisfy period fans and Mikkelsen admirers equally.


Reviewed by Anna Smith

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Considering, that this is in the end a costume drama about the Danish monarchy in the 1700s, it's almost frightening, how good this film is, how well observed, acted and directed. It works as a political thriller as well as a tragic lovestory or a psychological drama. And it looks wonderful. One of the biggest suprises in recent years and one of the best films of 2012. ... More

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