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Opening: A Royal Affair

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When Caroline (Alicia Vikander) is sent to marry Christian (Mikkel Boe Folsgaard), the heir to the Danish throne, she gets more than bargained for. Turns out the guy is mentally insane (and abusive), so Caroline bears him a few kids and then starts to live her life separately from his. Things become complicated, however, when the court appoints a dashing doctor (Mads Mikkelsen) to watch over Christian. Caroline and Christian discover they have much in common (they’re both intellectuals struggling to come to terms with the radical ideas of Enlightenment thinkers like Roussea), and it’s not long before their relationship becomes more than platonic. Beautifully filmed and superbly acted, A Royal Affair, the Danish entry for this year's Foreign Language film category at the Academy Awards, overcomes preconceived notions about period pieces. Cedar Lee Theatre.

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