Senior Citizen Kane Club: A Royal Affair (15)
28 June 2012
Getting older involves a busy lifestyle of activities and interests, but this generation has always had a love and appreciation for cinema. DCA would like to welcome anyone over the age of 60 to join us at Senior Citizen Kane Club. These screenings take place every other week at 10:30 on a Thursday morning. The film is introduced by a member of staff and there is a chance to chat after. Free tea and coffee is served in the cinema foyer before the film starts. This group is still one of Dundee’s best kept secrets – but please spread the word if you know any silver film lovers. Tickets are £4.00
While we might be more used to seeing Danish crime and political dramas, A Royal Affair is a welcome example of the range of talent and stories being produced by the country. The story begins at the end of the 18th century. Free-thinkers are removing power from the elite and the nobility throughout Europe, but in Denmark the King’s council remains loyal to rich landowners. Into this setting arrives Caroline Mathilde, a young noblewoman who is to marry her mentally unstable cousin King Christian VII (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard). When Christian employs a new personal physician, Johann Friedrich Struensee (Mads Mikkelsen), the intelligent, radical doctor quickly becomes a confidant for both husband and wife and changes the course of Danish history for ever.
With sumptuous costumes, locations and score, A Royal Affair is more layered and nuanced than most period dramas. Full of the high production values, complex storytelling and fine performances you’ve come to know and love from Danish television, this costume drama about a pivotal moment in European history is just as gripping. If only all history lessons were this engaging!