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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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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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king | denmark | enlightenment | doctor | queen | See more »

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Their love affair would divide a nation. See more »

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Drama | History | Romance

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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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A Royal Affair  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$1,545,726 (USA) (26 April 2013)
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Trivia

Denmark's official submission for the Foreign Language Film category of the 85th Academy Awards. See more »

Goofs

While all of the characters all speak Danish in the film, the court language in Denmark at the time was actually German. In real life neither Count von Bernstorff nor Johann Struensee spoke any Danish, and it is more than likely that Christian and Caroline also conversed in German rather than the "people's language." See more »

Quotes

Johann Friedrich Struensee: Do you remember our first night together?
Caroline Mathilde: It feels like we've been unhappy ever since.
Johann Friedrich Struensee: I have been happy.
Caroline Mathilde: Come to me tonight?
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Trio Sonata in B-Flat Major, RV 77: III. Allegro
Music by Antonio Vivaldi
(P) Zentropa Music
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Impressive in its beauty!
4 September 2012 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Love can lead to transformation yet the force of greed and the lack of political skills can bring anyone down even though you have the best intentions and act for the "greater good".

It does not happen very often that I come out of the cinema and completely shut up. It didn't feel like I was listening to a non-English dialogue. Danish felt like a familiar language ... and it was beautiful in this movie.

Though not with splendid clothes like Marie Antoinette, no intense intrigues, no large battle scenes, it was one of the best historic films I have ever seen. Everything was kept "small", yet with so much feeling that I could not take sides with any of the 3 main characters. Fair enough, the greedy and backward upper-class angered me much; just can't stand stupidity, especially when it holds back progress and the aim for improvements.


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