A Royal Affair (2012)


Nikolaj Arcel directs Alicia Vikander, Mads Mikkelsen and Mikkel Følsgaard in this true story period drama about a love triangle in the Danish Court between a mad, young king, his tormented trophy wife and a radical physician. 

Beautiful people in historical fineries swing between beastly behaviour and passionate affection to distracting enough effect. It starts like Marie Antoinette, shifts into the tone of Ridicule and ends up reaching towards being The Crucible. It never quite meets the quality of those mature, harsher re-enactments but it frames Vikander and Mikkelsen to look their most scrumptious and allows Følsgaard to explode vividly as the brutish fool of a young king.



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