A Royal Affair
A Royal Affair

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Released: 2012 | Duration: 2 hrs 8 mins | Director: Nikolaj Arcel | Studio: Metrodome | Genres: Drama - Romance - World Cinema

A young queen, who is married to an insane king, falls secretly in love with her physician - and together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever.

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Arizona Republic - 8.0/10 by Bill Goodykoontz Set in 18th-century Denmark, it's an intellectual costume drama. It's a romance involving big ideas, the biggest ideas. It's long, it's serious, it's a lot of fun.
The New York Times - 7.0/10 by A.O. Scott A Royal Affair suffers from the richness of the historical material - there is so much going on here - and also, perhaps, from a patriotic desire to treat it reverently. Unfortunately it never fully comes to life.
Wall Street Journal - 9.0/10 by Joe Morgenstern With its sumptuous settings, urgent romance and intellectual substance, A Royal Affair is a mind-opener crossed with a bodice-ripper.
New York Post - 6.3/10 by Farran Smith Nehme A Royal Affair is basically a good-looking set of historical Cliffs Notes. There, is however, one excellent reason to see it: Folsgaard, who by the end has made his betrayed and bereft Christian into a figure of genuine tragedy.
Chicago Sun-Times - 8.8/10 by Roger Ebert A big budget historical drama that carries Denmark's hopes into the Oscar season. It provides still more exposure for the rising Danish star Mads Mikkelsen, the latest male sex symbol of the art house crowd.
Philadelphia Inquirer - 8.8/10 by Steven Rea Historical drama of the highest order - teeming with big ideas, and anchored by the nicely nuanced performances of Vikander and Mikkelsen.
Los Angeles Times - 8.0/10 by Kenneth Turan This highly polished costume drama is exceptionally well-made and a model of intelligent restraint, but it is also unapologetically earnest and a bit on the bloodless side.
New York Daily News - 8.0/10 by Elizabeth Weitzman Mikkelsen's unconventional features and intense talent lend a compelling edge to this expansive period piece.

Movie Trivia

  • This film won two Silver Bear awards at the Berlin International Film Festival.
  • This film is based on real events and is partly adapted from a novel by Bodil Steensen-Leth.
  • Writer Nicolaj Arcel also wrote the Swedish version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
  • Mads Mikkelsen, who plays Johann Friedrich Struensee, also starred in Casino Royale (2006).
  • Swedish born Alicia Vikander, who plays Caroline Mathilde, studied for more than three months to speak fluent Danish in this film.

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