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A Royal Affair - Film Review

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by Kassia Byrnes (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer PR assistant and uni student living in Sydney.
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A Royal Affair (or in its untranslated title En Kongelig Affære- yes
A Royal Affair
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that means there's subtitles) is a story of love, corruption and social conscious set in Denmark, 1766. Yes, it's another time piece, but as a fan of the time piece genre I found it particularly well done.

Caroline Mathilde is a young English woman married to the King of Denmark before she's even set foot in the country. Full of romantic notions of her King, she's horribly disappointed when she finally does meet him and discovers he is not her Prince Charming.

Once she has fulfilled her bedroom duties by giving birth to an heir, they largely ignore each other. However the King's scandalous behaviour isn't ignored by his fellow courtiers. They appoint Struenesee (played by the internationally acclaimed Mads Mikkelsen) as Royal physician, to fix the 'mad' King.

The King becomes fond of his new doctor, but so does his wife. Caroline is drawn to Struenesee for his dangerous enlightenment ideals, but finds in him a whole lot more. Together, this strange love triangle attempts to change the strict and unjust laws that govern Denmark to a tragic end. And yes, it's a true story.

A Royal Affair
Caroline & Stuenesee


I loved this film not only for its intriguing story line, but for its stunning camera shots that capture beauty right from the opening scene from places you wouldn't expect. Most of all I loved it for its characters and their development; in particular I was impressed by the initially unlovable King who is gradually revealed for the complex being he is and thus becomes almost endearing.

This truly moving tale has already won Best Actor and Best Screenplay at the Berlin Film Festival, and now you can watch it for yourself at the Sydney Film Festival. If you're the crying type, you'll definitely want to bring the tissues.

You can watch the trailer online now or visit the website.
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Why? A worthwhile trip to the movies
When: Showing now
Where: Sydney Film Festival & In Select Cinemas
Cost: Movie prices
Your Comment
Great review. Makes me want to see the movie.
by Carole Liivrand (score: 2|662) 1768 days ago
Thanks! It's definitely worth seeing :)
by Kassia Byrnes (score: 0|8) 1767 days ago
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