Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal) arrives from India to participate in Queen Victoria's (Dame Judi Dench's) golden jubilee. The young clerk is surprised to find favor with the Queen. As Victoria questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance that her household and inner circle try to destroy. As their friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes, joyfully reclaiming her humanity.
Victoria's advisers threaten to have her declared insane. She was a year old when her grandfather, George III, died, but she knew he had been declared insane in 1811, and his son, her uncle, had ruled as Prince Regent from 1811 to 1820. She knew that it was possible for her advisers to carry out their threat. See more »
In the late 1800s, the burqa was a white one-piece "shuttlecock"-type covering, not the black multi-layer covering Mrs. Karim wears. The white "shuttlecock " would've allowed different sight gags. See more »
Listen, little drop, give yourself up without regret and in return you will gain the ocean. Give yourself away and in the great sea you will be secure.
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The title doesn't appear until 16 minutes into the movie. See more »
My wife and I attended a preview screening last night with no preconceived ideas about the movie, not having even seen a trailer.
We were immediately drawn in and pleasantly surprised by the story, even though we thought it may have been a little far fetched. Until we found that it is a biography and mostly fact. That made the story even sweeter.
Dame Judy Dench's acting was peerless as usual, but by far the biggest revelation was Ali Fazal, who put in a wonderful performance from comedic through emotionally intense.
There was so much I didn't know about Queen Victoria's twilight years that this movie put into perspective, in a way that was consistently entertaining. We laughed and cried. Highly recommended.
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