Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A Royal Affair

A king, his queen and the royal physician form the central triangle of this film set in Denmark during the rule of the mentally ill King Christian VII. He is married to Princess Caroline of Great Britain who is a connoisseur of the fine arts and literature but finds many of it banned in the country. Her ensuing frustration with her marriage and the nation finds her in the arms of the royal physician. Dr. Johann Friedrich Struensee is a secret follower of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and uses his influence to bring about reforms in the country. The ensuing political struggle amidst the affair is the theme of the film which is only mildly engaging.  

Rating: * *

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