I saw a brilliant Danish movie last night on DVD, A Royal Affair. The movie came out in 2012 and it won European awards. The historical plot, set in 18th century Denmark, is an unusual love triangle between unstable (mentally ill?) King Christian VII and his young English queen Caroline Mathilde who falls in love with their physician Johann Strunsee. The doctor is an intellectual who shares Caroline’s views on Rousseau and the Enlightenment – practically outlawed by the court. They begin to institute reforms that transform the country but powerful figures in the court battle for the status quo for them nobility. I don’t want to be a spoiler so will leave it at that.
The wonderful actor, Mads Mikkelson seems to be in every Danish film. He plays bad guys in American movies, however watching him in an interview you can tell he is anything but. When he smiles and talks, he reveals an interesting and even lovable personality – unlike his (American) characters.
I’ve become a fan of Scandinavian films in the last few years. Try the Finnish “The Man Without a Past” for an understated comedy. If you have Netflixs or other DVD access, I highly recommend it.