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Film Review - A Royal Affair

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“A Royal Affair” commences much like any other costume drama, introducing woe and innocence lost with the arrival of an arranged marriage and a life lived away from the comfort of loved ones. However, instead of a mummification of emotions to portray era-specific conflicts, the feature finds a way to express deep desires and betrayals without expanding into bloated hysterics. Director Nikolaj Arcel manages to capture a sense of insanity and desire with “A Royal Affair,” while tending to all the decorative and ornately costumed staples of the genre. It’s a satisfactory offering of tension and manipulation boosted by excellent performances. Those well-versed in such tightly-corseted matters will remain one step ahead of it, but the essentials are convincing and, at times, successfully agonizing. Read the rest at Blu-ray.com

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