Thursday, 5 July 2012

En kongelig affaere (film)

En kongelig affære translates as A Royal Affair and this historical period drama tells the story of a young queen and her relationship with an ideological royal physician. It won the award for Best Script at the Berlin Film Festival and Mikkel Folsgaard won the Silver Bear award for Best Actor.

Caroline Mathilde (Alicia Vikander) was an 18th century queen married to the king, Christian (Mikkel Folsgaard).She was originally British and travelled to Denmark aged only fifteen for her marriage. Apparently largely ignored by her mentally unstable husband for three years, Caroline began a romance with Johann Friedrich Struensee (Mads Mikkelsen) and her second child was probably his. When the affair became public, the couple were arrested after a masked ball at Christansborg Castle. 

Director Nikolaj Arcel wanted to base his film on the novel The Visit Of The Royal Physician by Per Olov Enquist but the rights to this book had already been sold elsewhere so he turned instead to Prinsesse af blodet, an erotic novel by Bodil Steensen-Leth which tells the story from the Queen's point of view. The film is in Danish with English subtitles. Certificate 15.

Curzon
Fri 6th, Mon 9th, Tue 10th, Wed 11th, Thu 12th July, 14:15, 17:05, 19:50.
Adult ticket £6.50, concessions £4.50.

Hailsham Pavilion:
Wed 1st Aug, 14:15, 19:45. Thu 2nd Aug, 19:45.
Adult ticket £6.50, concessions £5, Wed matinee £4.50.

1 comment:

  1. En kongelig affaere is beautifully filmed and costumed. The engrossing storyline is, I believe, pretty historically accurate and concentrates primarily on the relationship triangle between the Danish King, his English Queen and his German Doctor. The doomed lovers, Caroline (Alicia Vikander) and Johann (Mads Mikkelsen) are convincing throughout and I could totally understand why she risked her throne and her life to be with him ;) Mikkel Folsgaard puts in an powerful, understated performance as King Christian. I can see that this character could become cartoonish in the wrong hands but Folsgaard never allowed him to become so.
    The film is quite long at 2 ½ hours but it is well edited and paced so it didn’t feel like anywhere near as much time had passed.
    I enjoyed this film very much.

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