A Royal Affair tells of the short life of Queen Caroline Matilda of Denmark and Norway. It starts with her marriage to the mentally ill king Christian VII and the birth of their children. It focuses greatly on her affair with the royal physician, Johann Friedrich Struensee, who is believed to have fathered her younger child. With the king in no state to adequately rule, the radical Struensee exercises more and more influence over him, threatening not only the monarchy, but also the royal marriage and all of their lives.
This film came from the Danish film industry and featured some great Danish talent, both new and established. Although, Alicia Vikander, who played Caroline Matilda, is Swedish and learned Danish just for the role. Mads Mikkelsen (Struensee) and Mikkel Følsgaard (Christian) are both Danish, though. This was Følsgaard's first film, he was still in school at the time that it was filmed. Mikkelsen can be recognized as the villain in Casino Royale, though seeing him in a more sympathetic role was certainly a treat.