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A fine period drama, Mads shines again.
on 16 August 2012
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.