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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.

Director:

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 ... 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

Language:

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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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Referenced in Mika Kaurismäki, elokuvaohjaaja (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

L'amore
Composed by Anssi Tikanmäki
Lyrics by Anssi Tikanmäki and Maarit Tikanmäki
Performed by Johanna Rusanen
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A beautiful film about a lesser known historical period
12 December 2015 | by tallardSee all my reviews

I caught this film entirely by accident, with zero expectations or knowledge of the subject matter. I am unqualified to speak to the historicity of the events. But if it is close to historical events, what a beautiful film was made of it. Dealing with politics and religion and feminism, it is a rare little gem.

Christina, the Queen (actually "King") of Sweden from 1632 (age 6) until 1654, was tutored by a unique man, and grew up to be a young woman with curiosity about the world and a taste for life, she shook the institutions of the day, with an unkind mixture of success and failures. The film is mostly in English with a little French (accompanied by subtitles), the actors do a fine job, and I really appreciated the makeup team's subtle approach. I might have appreciated a script less focused on romance and more on personality and accomplishments, but then again, in our 20s, hormones can dominate all.


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