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Rated R · 137 minutes · 2012

Drama, Romance
This dreary, rather dry costumed account of the intrigues of the royal court of Denmark, circa 1768-83, could easily lose thirty of its 137 minutes’ running time. As it is, the otherwise apt performances of Mads Mikkelsen (as Dr. Johann Struensee, the most enlightened man in Denmark), Alicia Vikander (as his lover Queen Caroline), and Mikkel Boe Følsgaard (as weak, disturbed King Christian VII) start to resemble three lonely raisins in a gigantic bowl of oatmeal. Writer-director Nikolaj Arcel (he wrote the Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) clearly bites off more than anyone outside the most dedicated Danish history addict would ever care to gnaw on. Even the sex scenes look smothered. Screenplay by Rasmus Heisterberg and Arcel, from a novel by Bodil Steensen-Leth. Lost in translation? (137 min.)
Director: Nikolaj Arcel
Producer: Jessica Ask, Gillian Berrie, Anna Duffield, Meta Foldager, Sisse Jorgensen and Madeleine Ekman
Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Alicia Vikander, David Dencik, Trine Dyrholm, Thomas Gabrielsson, William Nielsen, Cyron Melville, Laura Bro and Mikkel Følsgaard

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