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If I were picking the official winners, “A Royal Affair” would be my pick for Best Foreign Language Feature. As much as everyone is talking up “Amour”, there was no foreign film this year that held my attention more, produced more A-list performances, and brought a maturity and spectacular form to a period piece like that of “A Royal Affair”. Everything about the film is pleasing and there’s little to keep you from being invested. Granted, “Amour” probably challenges its viewers a little more and comes from a dark place at times, it will still win the Oscar, but in my book, “A Royal Affair” wins as my favorite.


Having only seen two of her performances, I can tell that the young Alicia Vikander is going to be a completely successful actress with a bright future. For starters, she is such a beauty that you could watch her do just about anything. Having her as the star of the show definitely helps “A Royal Affair”, something that really could have saved “Anna Karenina”, where Vikander also shines, but is used rather sporadic. She has a maturity that is often masked by her nubile appearance, but with that she shows the poise and delivery of an actress twice her experience level and age. Given the appropriate stepping stones, she could be well on her way to truckloads of awards. Mads Mikkelsen is also sensational, delivering the strong, brooding main character that is needed in this role. The love story is fresh and exciting, the sets and costumes are authentic, and “A Royal Affair” truly outshines any period piece released this year. Despite its dismal twists, the film has a darkness that sets it apart and reaches past its tragedy to produce a fitting and full circle ending.

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// Produced by Meta Louise Foldager, Sisse Graum Jørgensen, & Louise Vesth // Directed by Nikolaj Arcel // DENMARK //

// Dated Viewed: Saturday, February 16th, 2013 // LAEMMLE MONICA FOURPLEX //  6 films – 9 days //


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