My son and his fiancee left on New Year’s Eve to head down to the southern part of the state to see her parents and a job interview for him. Since the younger son was hanging out with friends and the spouse was at work, I indulged myself in one of my favorite things for inspiration. I took in a flick. I love foreign language films and luckily, there’s an art house cinema near me that shows them periodically. Recent choices have been one called The Flat which was a documentary and very intriguing as well as sad. The one I saw on the 31st was a Danish film called A Royal Affair. I was quite proud of the film makers in this one that they stuck pretty close to the true story which most bio-pics don’t do so well.
Anyway, this film was about King Christian VII of Denmark and his English wife, Caroline. She came to Denmark as his queen at a young age (as they did back then)- it’s set in the 1760s and shows the life at court during that time. It focuses on the relationship of the king with his personal physician and the affair between the doctor and the queen. It shows how the physician tried to bring about enlightenment for the masses, to make reforms. It also shows how a mentally ill sovereign was manipulated by all sides. Tragic really.
It’s also very interesting to me that poor Queen Caroline was the sister of George III of England who was mentally ill and she was married to her cousin, King Christian who was also mentally ill. How terrible for her. She lived a very short life, dying in her twenties. She was an unlucky lady subject to all the vagaries of law back then and had no real control over her own destiny. I, for one, am glad things have changed.
I recommend this film. This is the second one I’ve seen with the actor who plays the doctor, Mads Mikkelsen. He’s an excellent actor. Another one he’s in deals with Danish resistance fighters in WWII and it’s called Flammen and Citronen. It’s quite good as well.
Happy New Year. Jump out of your comfort zone and catch a flick in a language you don’t understand- I think you’ll find that you like them.