A Royal Affair

A Royal Affair

A Royal Affair

Historical, romantic-drama set in 18th Century Denmark based on the deadly love triangle between the young Queen of Denmark, her schizophrenic King and the royal physician. Stars Mads Mikkelsen (After the Wedding).

Queen Caroline Mathilde (Alicia Vikander) was an English princess who, at 15, married Denmark’s King Christian VII (Mikkel Følsgaard). German physician to the king, Johann Struensee (Mikkelsen), gained strong influence over the government by successfully treating the king and becoming the queen’s lover. For 18 months, the idealist Streunsee was the de facto head of state introducing freedom of the press and abolishing torture. But his reforming zeal, his nationality and the birth of the queen's child made him many enemies...

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo screenwriter, Nikolaj Arcel, directs.

Winner of the Best Actor (Mads Mikkelsen) and Best Screenplay at the Berlin Film Festival 2012.
2012Rating: M, contains violence & sex scenes128 minsDenmark, Sweden, Czech Republic, GermanyGerman and Danish with English subtitles
DramaRomanceHistoricalWorld Cinema
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Reviews & comments

Beautiful

Not sure how historically accurate it actually is, but still a very enjoyable movie. Costumes and sets were absolutely beautiful, and its so engaging that you forget about the subtitles.

5.0
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Fabulous!

Entertainment and education.. gorgeous costumes, beautiful settings, interesting story, terrific acting (especially Christian who was awesome as the dipsy king!) It woudl be difficult not to enjoy this period drama. I will be off to the libray r to find out more about this fascinating chunk of Danish history!

4.0
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Variety

Variety

press

...[tries] but [doesn't] always succeed in balancing this epic love story with political thriller elements as they pack more than five years' worth of momentous events into slightly more than two hours.

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Total Film

Total Film

press

The great sex scandal of 18th-Century Denmark.

3.0
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The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A fascinating affair of state.

3.0
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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Gripping, smart, well-acted - everything you want in a period drama.

4.0
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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The romantic triangle is sharply drawn, with Christian seeming to re-evaluate himself as he becomes part of the power structure and not just its frivolous figurehead.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

...[tries] but [doesn't] always succeed in balancing this epic love story with political thriller elements as they pack more than five years' worth of momentous events into slightly more than two hours.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

The great sex scandal of 18th-Century Denmark.

3.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A fascinating affair of state.

3.0
0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Gripping, smart, well-acted - everything you want in a period drama.

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The romantic triangle is sharply drawn, with Christian seeming to re-evaluate himself as he becomes part of the power structure and not just its frivolous figurehead.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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

4.0
0

Beautiful

Not sure how historically accurate it actually is, but still a very enjoyable movie. Costumes and sets were absolutely beautiful, and its so engaging that you forget about the subtitles.

5.0
0

Fabulous!

Entertainment and education.. gorgeous costumes, beautiful settings, interesting story, terrific acting (especially Christian who was awesome as the dipsy king!) It woudl be difficult not to enjoy this period drama. I will be off to the libray r to find out more about this fascinating chunk of Danish history!

4.0
0