Chichester Cinema at New Park

A Royal Affair
- En Kongelig Affære



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 Flag Denmark · Sweden Flag Sweden · Germany Flag Germany · 2012 · Nikolaj Arcel · 137min

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