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3 out of 4 stars

A Royal Affair
Directed by
Nikolaj Arcel
(Denmark/Sweden/Czech Republic/Germany

One of the many TIFF films that re-examines history through a more frank, contemporary lens, this tells the story of Denmark in the late 1700s, when a young, irresponsible king, his beautiful and far more intellectual English queen, and the handsome German doctor they both love (Mads Mikkelsen, known to most viewers as a Bond villain) came together and wound up introducing the Enlightenment values that would transform Scandinavia from a repressive to a progressive society. But not before a lot of beautifully shot and art-directed passion and scheming, sumptuous costume changes and tragic sacrifices ensue.

Sept. 12, 6:30 p.m., Roy Thomson Hall; Sept. 13, 2:30 p.m., Elgin.

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