Rent A Royal Affair (2012)

3.8 of 5 from 305 ratings
2h 8min
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Synopsis:
Based on the true story of Caroline Mathilda, the English princess who married King Christian VII of Denmark in the early 1770s, "A Royal Affair" is a bold, sumptuous tale of illicit love and political pasion on a sweeping, epic scale. Keen to be a dutiful wife and queen, Caroline's hopes are soon dashed when she discovers the King's true madness. Turning away from the King she finds herself in the arms of the King's physician, a radical libertarian, with whom she embarks upon a passionate affair that would bring the kingdom to the brink of revolution.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Meta Louise Foldager, Sisse Graum Jorgensen, Louise Vesth
Voiced By:
Kenneth M. Christensen, Mads Hjulmand
Writers:
Bodil Steensen-Leth, Rasmus Heisterberg
Others:
Nikolaj Arcel, Rasmus Heisterberg, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard
Aka:
En Kongelig Affære
Studio:
Metrodome
Genres:
Classics, Drama, Romance
Countries:
Denmark, Top 100 Films, Classics, Drama, Romance
Awards:

2012 Berlinale Silver Bear for Best Actor

2012 Berlinale Silver Bear For Best Script

BBFC:
Release Date:
29/10/2012
Run Time:
128 minutes
Languages:
Danish
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Exclusive interviews with the director and starring cast, including Mads Mikkelsen and Alicia Vikander
  • Theatrical Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
29/10/2012
Run Time:
132 minutes
Languages:
Danish
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All
Bonus:
  • Exclusive Interviews with the Director and Starring Cast, Including Mads Mikkelsen and Alicia Vikander
  • Theatrical Trailer

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Reviews (5) of A Royal Affair

More than a mere costume drama - a superb film - A Royal Affair review by RP

Spoiler Alert
08/04/2013

More than a mere costume drama, this is a part of our history that I was unaware of before watching this superb film. Search Wikipedia for 'Caroline Matilda' and read all about it...

At age 15 HRH Princess Caroline Matilda, daughter of the Prince of Wales was married off to her cousin, King Christian VII of Denmark. The film is a dramatisation of her relationship with Christian and her affair with the royal physician, Johann Friedrich Struensee.

Both Caroline's brother (George III) and her husband suffered from mental illness - and the film depicts Struensee taking advantage of Christian's illness to advance his ideas influenced by 'The Age of Enlightenment' then sweeping across Europe. Not unexpectedly this met with considerable opposition from both Court and Church, with unfortunate and deadly consequences.

The film is in Danish with subtitles, although there are a few words in English. The subtitles are hard to read, but bear with it...

The film is beautifully photographed, well acted and tells a moving tale. Superb stuff - 5/5 stars.

3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Brilliant, intelligent, enjoyable historical Danish royal drama. Best foreign movie of 2012 - A Royal Affair review by PV

Spoiler Alert
06/01/2013

This film is brilliant! It may be 2 hours long but I was never bored and never looked at my watch once! It knocks the spots of pretentious royal dramas like Young Victoria or Mrs Brown. It is the best foreign film of 2012, IMHO.

It is in Danish and occasionally German with subtitles (my ONLY criticism is of these - which are white, so which don't show up well whe a snowy landscape is on screen!) But it's only a minor quibble. In general, the subtitles do their job adequately enough.

This film is very well structured and written - unlike so many dull historical and royal dramas (which wallow in the sparkle of historical monarchs) - and the tension is kept up throughout.

The acting is first class - though the Danish actors are all unknowns.

The scenery is delightful too, and the direction captures the era well.

And the story itself is fascinating - and one I did not know (not being well-read in Danish history).

I would award this the prize for best foreign film 2012. I might award some of the actors Oscars too.

In a word: BRILLIANT!

Anyone who has missed this movie is in for a delightful surprise!

Five stars out of five.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Good while it lasted - A Royal Affair review by BE

Spoiler Alert
26/06/2015

Sumptuous settings, easy on the eye and a story from history I was not fully aware of. I felt some sympathy for the very young queen and the trauma she experienced during her very young and short life. Not so her physician who, apart from the queen, appears to have behaved quite irrevantly towards everybody around him. Mikkelsen Boe Folsgaard is excellent as the insane king. Mads Mikkelson as the physician is also very good. (Note reviewer PV above is incorrect about the Danish actors being unknown. Mads Mikkelson is one of Denmark's best exports, having a string of awards to his name including a 2014 Oscar for The Hunt). I found the movie held my attention, was very impressed with how the final scenes were presented but for all that, will probably soon forget about it.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

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