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Indie Roundup: ‘A Royal Affair’

With his chiseled features and heavy-lidded eyes, Mads Mikkelsen has the face of a villain. He was James Bond’s enemy in “Casino Royale,” he played a murderous thug in Nicholas Winding Refn’s “Pusher” trilogy and he’s even going play Hannibal “the Cannibal” Lecter in the upcoming TV show. But in “A Royal Affair, ” Mikkelsen proves that he’s got more acting tricks in his quiver than just playing the heavy.

The movie is set largely in 1760s Denmark. Though the ideas of Voltaire, Rousseau and company were just starting to catch fire in the rest of Europe, Denmark, ruled by the clergy and conservative noblemen, was doing its best to keep the Enlightenment from crossing its borders. Enter English noblewoman Carolina Mathilde (Alicia Vikander) who has been betrothed to the Danish king Christian VII (Mikkel Boe Folsgaard). Upon arriving in Copenhagen, she learns that many of her books have been deemed dangerous and shipped back to her home country. Worse, King Christian proves more Buster Bluth than Prince Charming — a feeble-minded man-child whose bizarre behavior proves to be less than regal. Hoping to curb the king’s antics, the court hires physician Johann Friedrich Struensee (Mikkelsen) to be essentially the royal babysitter. Continue reading ‘Indie Roundup: ‘A Royal Affair’’

December 2021

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