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The Girl King (2015)

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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 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 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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Finland | Germany | Canada | Sweden | France

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English | French | German | Latin

Release Date:

11 December 2015 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Queen Kristina See more »

Filming Locations:

Turku, Finland See more »

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Budget:

€6,500,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Christopher Doyle was originally attached as director of photography. See more »

Quotes

Queen Kristina: [greeting the philosopher René Descartes] By Christ's balls! I hate to be kept waiting...
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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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I expected more...
4 January 2016 | by vivaldi-bgdSee all my reviews

The super-interesting trailer for The Girl Kind promised more than was really in the movie. It's kind of an open and unfinished story on multiple levels - Kristina's reign regarding the military campaign, country reforms and her personal life. All these important stories were merely touched in the movie. We never got to see whether or not Kristina actually reformed anything in Sweden at the time, the military campaign was also very vague and her relationship with the Countess deserved much more.

I indeed expected more to be seen between the two ladies in terms of chemistry and storyline. Though they shared enough time on screen, the relationship is missing a lot. We could only get a glimpse of Buska and Gadon's potential in a few scenes where they showed subtle, unspoken affection between the two characters. It's a pity the director did not use more of their talent to tell a very personal story of Kristina and how deep the relationship with Sparre must have been. There is enough historical evidence to confirm Kristina's sexuality. A character so passionate about knowledge, philosophy and art surely must have been even more passionate about the affairs of the heart. It's a pity only the dark side of it was depicted in the movie. In spite of this movie being about Kristina, obviously a lot of her is embedded in Sparre's character. Unfortunately, Sparre's side of the love coin was left unexplored.


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