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A Royal Affair [DVD] [2012]


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  • Actors: Mads Mikkelsen, Alicia Vikander, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Trine Dyrholm, David Dencik
  • Directors: Nicolaj Arcel
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Surround Sound, Subtitled
  • Language: Danish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Metrodome Distribution
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Oct 2012
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008RYLY06
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,682 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Winner - Best Actor and Best Script, Berlin Film Festival 2012

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 passion 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.
Winner of two Silver Bears at the Berlin Film Festival 2012, A Royal Affair is a stunningly powerful portrait of love, lust and betrayal, told here for the very first time.

REVIEWS:
Absolutely inspiring - Filmwerk
One of the films of the year - The Sunday Mail
Phenomenal Performances - Moviescope
***** - The Sunday Mail
**** - The Times
**** - Daily Express
**** - Daily Telegraph
****- Daily Mail

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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79 of 80 people found the following review helpful By godzilla78 VINE VOICE on 16 Aug 2012
Format: DVD
A superb film. A young queen moves from a peaceful life in England to become a queen in Denmark, married to a man who has the mentality of a boy. From the beginning its obvious that the king is treated like a joke, a temperamental and unexperienced young man. His flaws are exploited by the political movers and shakers in the royal court by those who seek power for themselves. The queen trys yet fails to love the king and soon her head is turned by the arrival of a physican (Mikkelsen) hired to work with the king.

As a friendship/kinship bond develops between the king and physician, the queen also shares the political views of the physician - to give more freedome to the Danish people and not stiffled by the rich and powerful. Unfortunately for the trio, their attempts to change society are hampereed by religious fanatics within the court who find their revolutionary ideas distasteful.

Essentially this is a love story set during the time of political and religious upheaval but is superbly acted by the main trio of characters.
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96 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Antenna TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Sep 2012
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I join in the praise of this Danish, Swedish and Czech co-production which deserves to be more widely promoted than is likely. Both entertaining and moving, it is based on a true story little known in England, of how in the eighteenth century an English princess was packed off to marry the young Danish king, Christian V11, who proved to be mentally ill at a time when there was little understanding or treatment available for his condition.

We see examples of the ludicrous situation in which his crazy wishes are imposed on his subjects, because he is a monarch "whose word is law". Since his young wife has to endure his cruel and humiliating behaviour, it is not surprising that she falls for Struensee, the charismatic physician brought in to keep the young man under control. Struensee is an interesting character: he forms what appears to be a genuine friendship with Christian, his desire for a more equal society seems sincere, and gives him interests in common with the young queen from a country which is already a parliamentary democracy and relatively "free-thinking", but is he corrupted by the power gained from having the king's ear? Do his ends justify his means? The pain created by the complex "love triangle" is also explored, with all three arousing some sympathy in this skilful production.

Beneath a well-constructed plot, there lie some complex moral issues which may linger in your thoughts for some time. It is also interesting to see how Denmark has progressed from being a repressive and backward feudal monarchy as recently as the C18.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Oct 2012
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"A Royal Affaire" (2012 release from Denmark; 137 min.) brings the true story of Caroline Mathilda (played by Alicia Vikander), the English teenage princess who married King Christian VII of Denmark (played by Mikkel Følsgaard) in the early 1770s. Caroline's dreams of a fairy tale-like marraige are soon destroyed when it turns out that the King is utterly mad. After the royal couple's first child is born, Caroline becomes attracted to, and eventually becomes romantically involved with, the King's personal physician, Struensee (played by Mads Mikkelsen). As it happens, Struensee's role is much larger than just being the King's physician, as he has substantial influence over the King's political actions as well. Soon Struensee and Caroline are using the King as a pawn to advance their political ideas of freedom of speech and other such "radical" ideas. To tell you more of the plot would ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Several comments: first and foremost, kudos to the producers who worked with a budget of 46 million Danish Krone (about US$ 8 million, mere peanuts in Hollywood terms) and bring us a grand scale historical drama, the likes of which we don't get to see made very often in Europe. The overall feeling of the movie is quite epic as a result. Second, also kudos to Mads Mikkelsen for his portrayal of the German physician Struensee, it is quite the tour-de-force.

This movie premiered at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival, to great acclaim, and rightfully so. I saw this movie on a recent home visit to Belgium, and the particular theatre and screening where I was was well attended. I think this movie has some legs, and it will be interesting to see if it eventually finds a release on the US market as well. Meanwhile, if you like historical dramas or are simply in the mood for a quality foreign movie, "A Royal Affair" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By JennyWilson83 on 18 Aug 2012
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I stumbled across this film accidentally, just picking it on the basis of title and not having a clue what it was about.How glad am I that I went to see this film, I have to say this has to be the best film I have seen this year. A very interesting and unusual story (I don't want to give too much away)brought to life by a group of accomplished actors, great director and some of the most beautiful sets i have ever seen.
Also it taught me a great deal about Danish history, a subject I intend to explore more.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Kitty on 22 Sep 2012
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This is a film that stays with you - harrowingly beautiful to watch.
I really felt it showed the grim reality of how it was to live at the time - perilous whether you were poor (highly likely to die young from some unpleasant disease) or rich (always guarding you back with slightly less of a chance of dying young from some unpleaseant disease).
The acting was was fantastic - I was completely caught up with the characters' feelings of hope, disappointment, elatation, terror and frustration. One of the scenes toward the end of the film, where one of the characters has a realises the truth of what is about to unfold but manages to carry on as 'normal', has been stuck in my head ever since I saw it, it was completely devastating. Everything conveyed, for me at least, how it would have been to live at the time, without feeling the slightest nod to dress it up for the standard cinema audience of today.
An amazing, harrowing, enlightening film.
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