A Royal Affair (R)

Alicia Vikander and Mads Mikkelsen in A Royal Affair

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Mon Nov 5 2012

Denmark’s submission to this year’s Academy Awards is a sweeping historical epic set in the 18th-century court of the semi-insane King Christian VII (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard), whose beleaguered English bride (Alicia Vikander) takes up with a German doctor (Mads Mikkelsen) trying to bring enlightenment to the masses. Intrigue and eroticism abound, all of it watchable, none of it particularly exciting. (The most pulse-pounding moment is when Mikkelsen’s character receives a fan letter from Voltaire.) And the misty widescreen photography lends the proceedings a funereal air of respectability that’s like catnip to Oscar voters.

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Rated:

R

US release:

Fri Nov 9, 2012

Duration:

137 mins

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