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A Royal Affair

A Royal AffairThe storytelling in A Royal Affair is traditional bordering on square. But the historical drama itself — about how an idealistic...A Royal AffairForeign Language, DramaPT137MRThe storytelling in A Royal Affair is traditional bordering on square. But the historical drama itself — about how an idealistic...2012-11-16Mikkel BoeMads MikkelsenMikkel Boe, Mads MikkelsenMagnolia Pictures
A ROYAL AFFAIR Mads Mikkelsen and Alicia Vikander

A ROYAL AFFAIR Mads Mikkelsen and Alicia Vikander (Magnolia Pictures)

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A Royal Affair

Genre: Foreign Language, Drama; Starring: Alicia Vikander, Mikkel Boe, Mads Mikkelsen; Director: Nikolaj Arcel; Status: In Season; Runtime (in minutes): In Season; MPAA Rating: In Season; Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

The storytelling in A Royal Affair is traditional bordering on square. But the historical drama itself — about how an idealistic German doctor influenced a silly king, romanced a queen, and brought the Age of Enlightenment to 18th-century Denmark — is kind of amazing. Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina) is lovely as the lonely teenage sister of England’s King George III, married off to a Danish royal idiot. International star Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale) is a little lugubrious for a doctor so politically (and romantically) passionate. B

Originally posted November 16 2012 — 12:00 AM EST

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