Written December 03, 2012
From the exquisite direction and acting to the breathtaking scenery and costumes, this film is in a league above most period films.
It doesn't pander in the typical hollywood fashion yet tantalizes you with fact-based melodrama
while delivering a revolutionary political message.
All the while keeping you in the grips of an amazingly convincing and heartbreaking love triangle.
If this film were in English i do believe it could win the best picture award!
If it doesn't win for foreign language film than its a travesty...
I am still trying to conceive of how a 2 hour and 20 minute film felt like it ended too soon?
Written November 15, 2012
Beautifully filmed, exquisitely acted Danish movie revolving around the disastrous marriage of Englishwoman Caroline Mathilde (sister of King George III) to her cousin Danish King Christian VII. The film commences in 1766...
Caroline is fifteen years old, accomplished, well-read and a musician; schooled in the ways of the age, she envisions a romantic match,(obviously accomplished by proxy) where she and her husband reign as benevolent King and Queen of Denmark. All runs amuck when she meets Christian, an inane, insane idiot; doomed to a horrific fate; the only consolation, is the brief life span in the eighteenth century...
"A Royal Affair" is royally cloaked in clandestine palace politics, rumor, back-stabbing and eventual ruination. It is long, but I would not have excised a single second...
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Written November 25, 2012
A Royal Affair is an intriguing look into the machinations and scheming that went on in the Danish Royal Court in the 18th century. The cast was very good especially Mads Mikkelsen (who was a Bond Villian in Casino Royale). Alicia Vikander who played Queen Caroline Mathilde was also very good in portraying the intelligent but neglected wife of King Christian VII.
Written November 29, 2012
Oscar winner for sure. I dragged my macho boyfriend to this movie and he left swearing it would win best film at the oscars. Great performances.
Written January 11, 2013
Very interesting arc to the story, marvelous performances by stars, good intellectual message. Movie making craft well displayed, psychology accurate. Worthwhile experience.