Nikolaj Arcel | 2012 | Denmark / Sweden / Czech Republic / Germany | 138mins | Mads Mikkelsen, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Alicia Vikander.
Based on a remarkable true story, this historical epic is set in 18th century Denmark at the court of the psychologically unstable King Christian VII.
Raised in England, Caroline Mathilda (Alicia Vikander) is sent to Denmark to be married to King Christian whilst still in her teens. He's noticeably immature and capricious, but before long it becomes clear he's actually schizophrenic. When German advisor Johann Struensee (Mads Mikkelsen – Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky) arrives to help him control his affairs, Caroline is taken with his wisdom and Enlightenment thinking and before long, they fall deeply in love.
Realising that with his power over the King, they have an extraordinary power, they begin to think of ways in which they can change Denmark for the better. Years in the making, you can see the evidence in the depth of the characterisation, the sumptuous production values which lend this well-crafted film a rich and satisfying feel, and in its lucid, intelligent retelling of one of Europe's most extraordinary royal stories.
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Subtitled screening- Danish/German/French with English Subtitles