A Royal Affair

A Royal Affair

  • Director: Nikolaj Arcel
  • Writer: Bodil Steensen-Leth,Rasmus Heisterberg,Nikolaj Arc
  • Countries of origin: Denmark, Sweden, Czech Republic, Germany
  • Language: Danish, English, German, French
  • Release date: March 29, 2012
  • Sound mix: Dolby Digital
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35 : 1
  • Also known as: La reina infiel
  • "A Royal Affair" by Zentropa Entertainments company launched in 2012, a historical love film type, the film by the NicolaiArcel directed by Mads Mikkelsen , Alicia Amanda Vikander starring, among others.
    The film tells the story of the execution of Johann Friedrich Struensee, a physician who tried to initiate a coup . 


    • Release date March 29, 2012
    • Filming locations Ploskovice Chateau, Czech Republic
    • Production companies Zentropa Entertainments, Danmarks Radio (DR), Trollhättan Film AB

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    • By Shakira 2022-10-01 07:17:31

      who do you think You Are?

      As a doctor, you don't rely on high professional standards, and the technique is similar to that of Dongfang Shuo, Li Bai, and other jesters.
          As a friend, he climbed onto the bed of his friend's wife without any regrets or remorse. King completely trusted him to know him well, and he regarded King as a puppet.
          As a politician, his methods are domineering and ridiculously naive, and he did not give up the mind and heart of his children's personal love for the sake of the...

    • By Assunta 2022-09-28 03:54:49


      The weather was a bit cold and the wind was blowing while watching the film. I thought it was some kind of erotic drama between a beautiful woman and an uncle, so Meimei sat down and watched while eating. As a result, it backfired, and was repeatedly interrupted by the cold style of Northern Europe and the delicate performances of the actors, and I didn't finish the meal after watching it. Originally, I felt that the rhythm was really slow, but the acting skills of the actors made me stop and...

    • By Gail 2022-09-23 09:42:27

      It's thought-provoking to see love and vulgarity

      The story feels vulgar, but I don't know why, but I still occasionally think back to this story after at least a month.
           So I think this story should have merit.
           Here I make a conclusion.
           That era. That time period. I think this story still deeply reflects that era, under the vulgar appearance. That was the age of the Enlightenment. Enlightenment is just a textbook term for us today. And going back to that era, the interaction between Enlightenment and old feudalism...

    • By Genoveva 2022-09-22 22:03:08

      chaotic love + palace fight

      Chaotic love + palace fighting, the history of the royal family has always been the narrative source of European art, and there are countless film and television works on this theme. The classic film "Queen Margot," which has won the Cannes and Caesars Awards, and the recently popular TV series "The Tudors" and "Royal Romance" have failed to surpass in many major aspects such as production, video, and actors. But it is still worth watching because it is related to the influence of the...

    • By Terrill 2022-09-19 01:09:46

      narrative analysis

      The first time I saw this film, I gave it five stars just by feeling. I watched it again today, and I seem to understand the meaning better. (The translated title is really misleading.) The first time I saw the

      , I felt that the theme was not clear. Is it a description of this love or the tragedy of enlightenment? I'm a little stupefied. But it seems that the two are not in conflict. Enlightenment thinking is the matchmaker for two people who fall in love and also the basis...

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    • By Bobbie 2022-09-14 20:19:14

      It's a pity that the script is not strong...

    • By Milan 2022-09-14 19:59:39

      "Cheating is like an enlightenment movement. You have the courage to break the mundane and seek happiness, but you are beaten by the orthodox stupidity and run around." Johann's execution scene is too serious. Children's shoes who want to watch this film, please turn the table...

    • By Maegan 2022-04-27 06:01:02

      It is much stronger and more delicate than the story of a generation of queen...

    • By Hermina 2022-04-27 06:01:02

      The only bright spot is the pretty...

    • By Kelvin 2022-04-27 06:01:02

      Countless times of falling asleep for personal...

    Movie plot

    The film is adapted from a true story. In Denmark in the 18th century, physician Johann Friedrich Struensee ( Mads Mikkelsen ) was very concerned about the future of the country and the suffering of the people, and he had been secretly supporting the New Deal and the revolution. By chance, he was photographed by the King of Denmark, Christian ( Mikkel Følsgaard ) , and called to accompany him on a tour of Europe. As the king’s personal...
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    Evaluation action

    With serious themes, exquisite pictures, vivid characters, Zhang Youzhi's rhythm, and a complete and coherent storyline, "A Royal Affair" can be used as a historical propaganda film to promote the Danish Enlightenment. In order to produce a serious and true work of historical reality, the show lacks heroic spirit and does not match the overall temperament of the Berlin Film Festival. (Netease Entertainment Review) 
    The film is not as...
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    Movie quotes

    • Johann Friedrich Struensee: Your majesty.

      Caroline Mathilde: You recognized me.

      Johann Friedrich Struensee: I would recognize you blindfolded.

      Caroline Mathilde: But your costume is not very imaginative.

      Johann Friedrich Struensee: I'm afraid I'm not very good at the masquerade.

      Caroline Mathilde: I believe this is the one night when everyone can be themselves.


      Caroline Mathilde: But you never remove your mask. Do you?

    • Johann Friedrich Struensee: Do you remember our first night together?

      Caroline Mathilde: It feels like we've been unhappy ever since.

      Johann Friedrich Struensee: I have been happy.

      Caroline Mathilde: Come to me tonight?

    • Title Card: Europe at the close of the 18th century. The nobility rules by oppression, supported by strong religious forces. But the winds of change are blowing... Across the continent intellectuals and freethinkers demand reforms and freedom for the people. It is the age of the Enlightenment.