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Movies | Film
Directed by Nikolaj Arcel. Screenplay by Rasmus Heisterberg and Nikolai Arcel. Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Alicia Vikander, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, David Dencik.
Johann Friedrich Struensee (Mads Mikkelson) is a national hero in Denmark – an 18th century man of reason up against the superstitions and despotism of the royal court. Adding to his historical allure was Struensee’s highly dangerous love affair with Queen Caroline Mathilda (Alicia Vikander, last seen as Kitty in Anna Karenina), while serving as the personal physician to her husband, the “mad” young King Christian VII. Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, as the increasingly paranoid monarch, was profiled in the New York Times as giving one of the “Breakthrough Performances of the Holiday Season.” Denmark’s official selection for the Academy Award® for Best Foreign Film. “an amazing real-life story from Danish history that has everything going for it - sex, love, terror, politics, violence.” Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle. 137 min.