A young Danish queen, who is married to an insane king, falls secretly in love with her physician - and together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever.
A gripping chapter of European history is recounted with elegance, intelligence and clarity in Danish director Nicola Arcel’s sumptuous costume drama, which examines the clash between liberal idealism and reactionary self-interest in a meaty tale of romance, tragedy and court intrigue.
It is most reminiscent of French period pieces and there are French parallels since the Danish monarchy was responsible for a radical series of social reforms including the abolition of serfdom, freedom of speech and of the press and a curtailment in the automatic privileges of the aristocracy.
This is a richly satisfying affair which tells an extraordinary true story with impeccable production values, charismatic actors and gorgeous gowns and wigs, employing a classically romantic sweep and traditional narrative style which befits the story. (subtitles)
Denmark · Sweden · Germany · 2012 · Nikolaj Arcel · 137min