A Royal Affair
Opens Mar 15, 2013
Denmark's official submission for next year's Academy Awards, A Royal Affair is a sumptuous, intelligent costume drama. It's 1766, and a teenage Queen Caroline Mathilda (Alicia Vikander) is devastated to realize that King Christian VII (fantastic newcomer Mikkel Boe Folsgaard) is both mentally unstable and not attracted to her in the least ("I want a fun queen!"). Rising Danish star Mads Mikkelsen (Le Chiffre in Casino Royale, Hannibal Lecter in the upcoming television show Hannibal and, per Roger Ebert, "the latest male sex symbol of the art house crowd") plays Johann Friedrich Struensee, a German intellectual who is appointed as doctor to the court. Both Christian and Caroline warm to the visionary Struensee. A Royal Affair offers both a riveting love story and a fascinating history lesson.
"With its sumptuous settings, urgent romance and intellectual substance, A Royal Affair is a mind-opener crossed with a bodice-ripper." (Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal)