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Rated R · 133 min. · 2012


This costume epic is concerned with recreating a few chaotic years in the Danish monarchy, when the young king, Christian VII, who was either an imbecile or psychotic, enters into an arranged marriage with an English princess. Enter Dr. Johann Friedrich Struensee. He's German, he's radical, he's proto-feminist, he's an atheist, he's a man of science and the Enlightenment and, in the form of Mads Mikkelsen, he's a total stud. Of course he ends up in the arms of the young, neglected queen (Alicia Vikander). The first half of the film is romance novel stuff, with gorgeous lead actors and rapturous castle porn. For those who want to know why they're watching random Scandinavian royals in this period piece, the answers become clearer as the political machinations begin to turn. The doctor, winning the trust of the hapless king (a very good Mikkel Boe Folsgaard), becomes the power behind the throne, ordering such reforms as universal smallpox inoculation and the end to torture and censorship.

See our full review: Danish dynasts in <i>A Royal Affair</i>

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Official Site: aroyalaffairmovie.com
Director: Nikolaj Arcel
Writer: Lars von Trier
Producer: Sisse Graum Jørgense, Meta Louise Foldage and Louise Vest
Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Trine Dyrholm, Alicia Vikander, William Jøhnk Nielsen, David Dencik, Rosalinde Mynster, Cyron Bjørn Melville, Søren Malling, Thomas W. Gabrielsson and Laura Bro

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