Conclusion: The story of King Christian VII's conflicted rule of the Danish throne, and the dramatic rise of those who influenced him, isn't one too familiar to the big screen, which might be where the Oscar-nominated A Royal Affair discovers success where other recent period pieces have faltered.
Conclusion: Nikolaj Arcel's 'A Royal Affair is a must see. It features some of the most beautiful filmmaking in a long, long time, and Mads Mikkelsen gives one hell of a performance. The video and audio are top notch here, and while the extras are sub-par, the interviews were decent enough. Quickly, add this to your collection. It's an incredible film. Highly recommended.
Excerpt: When British princess Carolina Mathilde (Alicia Vikander) is introduced to her husband, Christian VII of Denmark (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard), he warns her, “Don’t steal my light.” But the spotlight, as it turns out, isn’t what she craves. Quickly estranged from her husband, whose libertine habits give way to more widespread mental instability, she takes comfort in the calm presence of royal physician Johann Friedrich Struensee (Mads Mikkelsen), whose covert dedication to...
Excerpt: En tysk, idealistisk läkare spelar en kort men dramatisk roll i skandinavisk historia. Som PO Enquist sammanfattar det i inledningen av Livläkarens besök: ”Den 5 april 1768 anställdes Johann Friedrich Struensee som den danske konungen Christian den sjundes livläkare, och avrättades fyra år senare.