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A Royal Affair (2012)

En kongelig affære (original title)
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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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Nikolaj Arcel

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alicia Vikander ... Caroline Mathilde
Mads Mikkelsen ... Johann Friedrich Struensee
Mikkel Boe Følsgaard ... Christian VII
Trine Dyrholm ... Juliane Marie
David Dencik ... Ove Høegh-Guldberg
Thomas W. Gabrielsson ... Schack Carl Rantzau
Cyron Melville ... Enevold Brandt (as Cyron Bjørn Melville)
Bent Mejding Bent Mejding ... J. H. E. Bernstoff
Harriet Walter ... Augusta - Princess of Wales
Laura Bro ... Louise von Plessen
Søren Malling ... Hartmann
Jacob Lohmann ... Juliane's Officer (as Jakob Ulrik Lohmann)
Søren Spanning Søren Spanning ... Munter
Frederik Christian Johansen Frederik Christian Johansen ... Arveprinsen
John Martinus John Martinus ... Reventlow
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Storyline

In 1767, the British Princess Caroline is betrothed to the mad King Christian VII of Denmark, but her life with the erratic monarch in the oppressive country becomes an isolating misery. However, Christian soon gains a fast companion with the German Dr. Johann Struensee, a quietly idealistic man of the Enlightenment. As the only one who can influence the King, Struensee is able to begin sweeping enlightened reforms of Denmark through Christian even as Caroline falls for the doctor. However, their secret affair proves a tragic mistake that their conservative enemies use to their advantage in a conflict that threatens to claim more than just the lovers as their victims. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Their love affair would divide a nation. See more »


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Rated R for sexual content and some violent images | See all certifications »

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Language:

Danish | English | German | French

Release Date:

29 March 2012 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

A Royal Affair See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,212, 11 November 2012

Gross USA:

$1,546,761

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,758,997
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film was made and released about seventy-seven years after the earlier British film, Loves of a Dictator (1935), from the Gaumont Studios, which covered the same subject matter and historical events. See more »

Goofs

Juliane Marie tells the servants that if they know about the affair and try to conceal it, it's a mortal sin and they will end up in purgatory. The danish religious view in the 18th century was Lutheran protestantism, which denies the presence of purgatory. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Caroline Mathilde: [writing a letter] I'm trying to remember him. Johann. I have to tell you about him. About us. Why we did the things we did.
Caroline Mathilde: My beloved children, you do not know me, but I am your mother. Perhaps you have never forgiven me. Perhaps you hate me. I hope not. I now know that I will never see you again, so I am writing to tell you the truth, before it's too late.
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Soundtracks

Sinfonia a 4, in B-Flat Major: I. Allegro Assai
Music by Johann Adolf Scheibe (as Johann Scheibe)
(P) Zentropa Music
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Best supporting Actor 2012 - by a landslide.
16 February 2012 | by RichardvonLustSee all my reviews

I had the great fortune to be invited to attend the World Premiere at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this evening of this wonderful film -and opportunities like that don't come often.

A Royal Affair is Oscar level material in many respects. The screenplay, directing and photography are all superb but the performance of Mikkel Følsgaard as Christian VII of Denmark was perfection. It is so difficult to act a madman acting as if he were sane and I cannot believe any actor taking an Oscar this year could have put up a better performance. Mikkel got the loudest cheer from the audience and he thoroughly deserved it.

The plot revolves around the machinations of power behind the throne of a simpleton monarch. Christian may be King but he simply wants to play like a child. He is married and fathers a son quite brutally but he loves his dog more than his family. And so a German Doctor is called to treat him. Christian befriends his physician and leaves more and more power in the hands of this foreign commoner. And then the Doctor falls in love with the Queen....

It's all true and I won't tell more than that. Just go and see it as soon as you can. It puts Hollywood and Bollywood both straight into the dust bin. Classic drama, brilliant script and a piece of thespian-ism that puts Olivier to task. Just brilliant.


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