Friday, March 29, 2013

A Royal Affair (En kongelig affære) (2012)

Director: Nikolaj Arcel. Cast: Alicia Vikander, Mads Mikkelsen, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard. 137 min. Rated R. Denmark.Sweden/Czech Republic. Drama/History.

Great foreign movie, lost last year under Amour's bright light. In 18th century Denmark, the presumably crazy King Christian marries the King of England's daughter, who in turn falls in love with the King's "enlightened" personal doctor, Johann Friedrich Struensee. The doctor uses his influence on the King to enlighten the country, but his scandalous affair is his biggest obstacle; leading to great cinematic drama. Never knew there was such an interesting character in Europe history, and I have yet to see a Mads Mikkelsen movie (Casino Royale, After the Wedding, Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky) that wasn't worthy of watching.

Mo says:


  1. No doubt it was a well-crafted melodrama and except the inspiring historical story the most amazing part to me ,was about characters. The characters are totally ambiguous. Three people who despite their own personality flaws, ultimately change the future of Denmark forever.! All are not either hero nor victim indeed.
    A German physician who is a reformist and obviously ahead of his time but has an affair with a queen , with help tries to take king's command ,makes a close and established friendship with his husband to achieve his ideals. The queen who is a brave and unconventional lady at her time , has courage enough to get involve in a risky relationship while she knows very well what might expect her but keep going . She deceives his husband and tell him lies and sleep with him to save her Illegitimate child's fate . And king, having infantile or kind of mental disease( that I couldn't figure it what was that !) tries to do good thing ,forgives the affair and pardon his friend .Through the movie , his innocence and cluelessness draws a feeling of view's sympathy. Interesting he had the most important role in to change of history of Denmark (based on end-credits) by helping his son.
    Make sense ?:)

    1. Makes complete sense. But it seems you're on a journey to watch all the "Mads-Mikkelsen-having-an-affair" movies! If that's the case, "After the wedding" should be your next stop.


  2. jalal khalegh !!! Who did you know that ? Smart Mentor !!!
    I go for it for tonight :))