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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 21 wins & 36 nominations. See more awards »

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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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29 March 2012 (Denmark)  »

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Opening Weekend:

$38,212 (USA) (9 November 2012)

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$1,545,726 (USA) (26 April 2013)
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As part of her audition process, director Nikolaj Arcel took actress Alicia Vikander out drinking to see how well she could understand Danish. Vikander faked that she could understand and speak it well but at the end of the process when Arcel told her she got the part she didn't understand what he was saying until he switched to English. See more »

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In 1769, when Queen Caroline Mathilde is taking tea with the Dowager Queen Juliane Marie, they are clearly seen to be drinking from Danish Flora Danica cups. The Royal Danish Porcelain Factory was not established until 1775 and the service was not put to use by the Danish Royal Family until 1803. See more »

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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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Sinfonia nazionale nel gusto di 5 nazioni: I. Tedesco: Andantino
Music by Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf (as Carl Dittersdorf)
(P) Zentropa Music
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Best supporting Actor 2012 - by a landslide.
16 February 2012 | by (Germany) – See 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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