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The Girl King (2015)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | 8 December 2015 (USA)
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THE GIRL KING paints a portrait of the brilliant, extravagant Kristina of Sweden, queen from age six, who fights the conservative forces that are against her ideas to modernize Sweden and who have no tolerance for her awakening sexuality.

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Mika Kaurismäki
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Malin Buska ... Queen Kristina
Sarah Gadon ... Countess Ebba Sparre
Michael Nyqvist ... Chancellor Axel Oxenstierna
Lucas Bryant ... Count Johan Oxenstierna
Laura Birn ... Countess Erika Erksein
Hippolyte Girardot ... Ambassador Pierre Hector Chanut
Peter Lohmeyer ... Bishop Of Stockholm
François Arnaud ... Karl Gustav Kasimir
Patrick Bauchau ... René Descartes
Ville Virtanen ... Doctor Van Wullen
Martina Gedeck ... Maria Eleonora of Brandenburg
Timo Torikka ... Father Viogué
Lotus Tinat Lotus Tinat ... Young Queen Kristina
Jannis Niewöhner ... Count Jakob de la Gardie
Mikko Leppilampi ... Count Magnus de la Gardie
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An enigmatic young woman in conflict - torn between reason and passion; between her woman's body and being raised as a prince; between the ancient and modern worlds and between the brilliance of her educated mind and the conservative forces around her. Crowned Queen at the age of six, Kristina of Sweden was thrust into a labyrinth of power and tradition, where a court of austere, Lutheran men pressure her to marry and produce an heir to fulfill her destiny. She finds sanctuary and love with her lady-in-waiting, the beautiful and elegant, countess Ebba Sparre, although the Chancellor, Axel Oxenstierna, pressures her to pair with his son, Johan. Soon the forces around the Queen realize that Ebba is the key to controlling her, but they underestimate Kristina's brilliant mind and her drive to be free. Written by Triptych Media Inc.

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The woman who was king


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Country:

Finland | Germany | Canada | Sweden | France

Language:

English | French | German | Latin

Release Date:

8 December 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Girl King See more »

Filming Locations:

Turku, Finland See more »

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Budget:

EUR6,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$369,798
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Dolby Digital

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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When the film was first announced, Sarah Polley was to play the leading role. See more »

Quotes

Queen Kristina: Et voilà! The humanists are here by the door. the stoics by the windows and the library of the humanist Grotius will arrive soon. Can you imagine? Forty-eight cartloads of books!
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Version of Queen Christina (1933) See more »

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L'amore
Composed by Anssi Tikanmäki
Lyrics by Anssi Tikanmäki and Maarit Tikanmäki
Performed by Johanna Rusanen
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Fascinating Biopic on Kristina Queen of Sweden
30 July 2016 | by t-dooley-69-386916See all my reviews

Kristina inherited the throne of Sweden at the age of six when her father dies in the religious wars that gripped Europe in the Seventeenth Century i.e.; fighting Papism. Her father had brought her up as a prince and she was accustomed to manly pursuits. Taken under the wing of Chancellor Axel Oxenstierna played brilliantly by Michael Nyqvist ('100 Code' and 'Europa Report').

She however has a mind of her own and is taken by the new thinking and philosophers of the time like Rene Descartes all of which are rejected by the austere Protestantism that her country has fought for. She also is a bit opposed to marriage and the many courtiers that come 'a wooing' her. Contrastingly she is enamoured with a certain Lady in Waiting and soon is breaking with more than one convention in pursuit of what she really wants.

Now this is a pan European production but is mainly in English with a tad of German and French. The acting is all top notch and the period detail is spot on too. This though is a personal view of the woman rather that a wider view of European politics and so is told on a smaller canvas than I was expecting. That said it is thoroughly watchable and is a noteworthy production – I wish it had been in Swedish though but English is now the Lingua Franca it would appear – so this is one that should appeal to lovers of modern European cinema who like a bit of spice in their lead roles.


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