A Royal Affair

2012 R 2h 17m Blu-ray / DVD

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A Royal Affair

2012 R 2h 17m Blu-ray / DVD
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Based on a famous chapter in Danish history, this riveting drama tells the story of deranged King Christian VII and his bride, British princess Caroline Mathilde. Isolated and forlorn, the young queen begins a fateful affair with Christian's doctor.
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
Yes
Audio
Danish: Dolby Digital 5.1
Screen
Widescreen 2.35:1
Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
No
Audio
Danish: Dolby Digital 5.1
Rating
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
  • Mads Mikkelsen
  • Alicia Vikander
  • Mikkel Boe Følsgaard
  • Trine Dyrholm
  • David Dencik
  • Thomas W. Gabrielsson
  • Cyron Melville
  • Bent Mejding
  • Harriet Walter
  • Laura Bro
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Reviews

age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that A Royal Affair -- an engrossing, epic Danish drama based on true historical events -- is filled with the sort of intrigue and dalliances that pepper most accounts of monarchies. Women and men bed partners they're not married to; women are berated and ostracized for actions that men aren't; power corrupts. Expect some drinking and laudanum use, love scenes that show heaving cleavage and naked backsides, and minimal swearing (in subtitles).

Sexual Content

A woman's backside is shown while she's astride a man; his head, shoulders, and chest are also visible. Men and women steal kisses from one another; scantily clad women are shown running around a house of ill repute.

Violence

Crowds of villagers and disgruntled soldiers storm the castle; later, two prisoners are shown walking toward the gallows. A bloody basket is presumably there to catch their heads when they're beheaded. A woman slaps a man who's disrespectful of her. A man is beaten to death; his bloodied body is discovered atop a fence-like structure.

Language

"Pissant," "hell" (in subtitles).

Social Behavior

Political intrigue rules the day, but true love provides a respite. Also, the values of the Age of Enlightenment (freedom, rational thought, etc.) are emphasized.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Both royals and non-royals lose themselves in drink. A woman uses laudanum to calm herself; later, she appears to have become addicted to its soporific effects.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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