Intelligent historical drama

The Scandinavian countries have had much to celebrate over the quality of their films in recent years, and A Royal Affair certainly adds to that reputation, despite it being a fairly conventional representation of possibly little-known historical events in Denmark in the 18th century.

Framed by a letter that Queen Caroline (Vikander) is writing to her children, we see her arriving as a teen in Copenhagen for her marriage to Christian (Følsgaard), the young but mentally unstable king. She is