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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Caroline Mathilde
... Johann Friedrich Struensee
... Christian VII
... Juliane Marie
... Ove Høegh-Guldberg
... Schack Carl Rantzau
... Enevold Brandt (as Cyron Bjørn Melville)
Bent Mejding ... J. H. E. Bernstoff
... Augusta - Princess of Wales
... Louise von Plessen
... Hartmann
... Juliane's Officer (as Jakob Ulrik Lohmann)
Søren Spanning ... Munter
Frederik Christian Johansen ... Arveprinsen
John Martinus ... Reventlow
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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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Rated R for sexual content and some violent images | See all certifications »

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29 March 2012 (Denmark)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,212, 11 November 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,546,761

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,758,997
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Trivia

This motion picture's opening title card states: "England, 1766". See more »

Goofs

The Danish colloquialism "rolig nu" ("easy now") features in the dialogue, but this is a modern innovation dating back only to the 1990s or so. See more »

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[first lines]
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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Spoofed in Live fra Bremen: Episode #6.9 (2012) See more »

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Trio Sonata No. 6 in F Major: II. Allegro
Music by Christoph Willibald Gluck (as Christoph Gluck)
(P) Zentropa Music
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Truly Excellent.
23 June 2012 | by See all my reviews

This was a magnificent film, with stunning performances by the star cast and the supporting roles.

I am not an unconditional fan of Mads Mikkelsen, but he really was strong and convincing in this role.

And one could easily forgive the good doctor for falling in love with Queen Caroline, as portrayed by the lovely Alicia Vikander.

And one even had sympathy for poor old Christian in the end. I was beginning to wonder whether he was quite as insane as people thought him to be. There seemed to be a genuine friendship between him and Dr Struensee also. Had things gone slightly differently, one could have imagined them forming a happy and successful ménage à trois, and living happily ever after.

And the villains were truly villainous :-)

(I spotted a few familiar faces from Forbydelsen I and other places, including Søren Malling (Jan Mayer ), and Bent Mejding who was the standing mayor (playing a not dissimilar sort of character)

A very interesting and surprising historical lesson as well.

Highly recommended.


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