The Girl King

2015

Action / Biography / Drama / History / Romance

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Cast

Sarah Gadon as Countess Ebba Sparre
François Arnaud as Karl Gustav Kasimir
Michael Nyqvist as Chancellor Axel Oxenstierna
Lucas Bryant as Count Johan Oxenstierna
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773.89 MB
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1hr 46 min
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1hr 46 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Tom Dooley 6 / 10

Fascinating Biopic on Kristina Queen of Sweden

Kristina inherited the throne of Sweden at the age of six when her father dies in the religious wars that gripped Europe in the Seventeenth Century i.e.; fighting Papism. Her father had brought her up as a prince and she was accustomed to manly pursuits. Taken under the wing of Chancellor Axel Oxenstierna played brilliantly by Michael Nyqvist ('100 Code' and 'Europa Report').

She however has a mind of her own and is taken by the new thinking and philosophers of the time like Rene Descartes all of which are rejected by the austere Protestantism that her country has fought for. She also is a bit opposed to marriage and the many courtiers that come 'a wooing' her. Contrastingly she is enamoured with a certain Lady in Waiting and soon is breaking with more than one convention in pursuit of what she really wants.

Now this is a pan European production but is mainly in English with a tad of German and French. The acting is all top notch and the period detail is spot on too. This though is a personal view of the woman rather that a wider view of European politics and so is told on a smaller canvas than I was expecting. That said it is thoroughly watchable and is a noteworthy production – I wish it had been in Swedish though but English is now the Lingua Franca it would appear – so this is one that should appeal to lovers of modern European cinema who like a bit of spice in their lead roles.

Reviewed by Sindre Kaspersen 8 / 10

"...dynastic..."

Finnish screenwriter, producer and director Mika Kaurismäki's feature film which he produced and which was written by American literary translator Linda Gaboriau and Canadian screenwriter Michael Marc Bouchard, is inspired by a play and real events. It premiered in Canada, was shot on locations in Finland and Germany and is a Finland-Canada-Sweden-Germany-France co-production. It tells the story about a Swedish foster child named Christina Augusta (1626-1689), born in a royal castle called Three Crowns (1697) in Stockholm, Sweden into the Swedish Empire (1611-1721), made queen-elect (1632) and sovereign in (1644).

Distinctly and precisely directed by Finnish filmmaker Mika Kaurismäki, this quietly paced and somewhat fictional tale which is narrated mostly from the protagonist's point of view, draws a concentrated portrayal of a majestically educated Queen of Sweden, Princess of Finland, Duchess of Estonia and Lady of Ingria and Wismar who had a lady-in-waiting and foster mother surnamed Leijonhufvud (1639-1644), was crowned King of Swedes, Goths and Vandals and who relinquished her rule, abdicated, went to Innsbruck, Tyrol in Austria and named herself Christina Alexandra (1654). While notable for its atmospheric milieu depictions and cinematography by cinematographer Guy Dufaux, this dialog-driven and narrative-driven story about interdependence and autonomy and the distinct distinction between a human being and a religion was made more than eight centuries after a town called Stockholm (1252), seven centuries after Heidelberg University (1386) in Germany, five centuries after an Italian 16th century painter's work portraying an Italian consecrated virgin forenamed Lucia (1521), the House of Vasa (1523-1672), an English ship named Mary Willoughby (1536), Danviken Hospital (1558-1861), a liturgy called "The Red Book" (1577), the quote: "Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown." from Henry IV, Part II (1597), four centuries after the Protestant Union of Germany (1608-1621), the Catholic League of Germany (1609-1635), a Swedish confidant named Axel Gustafsson Oxenstierna (1583-1654) became Lord High Councillor of Sweden (1612), the Second Defenestration of Prague (1618), a Scottish-English Electress of Palatine (1085-1803) named Elizabeth Stuart (1596-1662) was crowned Queen of Bohemia (1619), Great Children's House (1624-1785) in Queen Street (1639), Stockholm, in Sweden, the Instrument of Government (1634), a Swedish countess called Catherine of Sweden (1548-1638) was appointed (1636) guardian of the child of a German Queen Dowager named Maria Eleonora of Brandenburg (1599-1655), Battle of Prague (1648), the Peace of Westphalia (1648), a Swedish courtier and maid of honour named Ebba Magnusson Brahe (1596-1674) petitioned Queen Christina and thereby succeeded in creating a city called Jacobstad in Finland (1652), four centuries after Accademia degli Arcadi (1690) in Rome, Italy, a poet, in a poem, possibly created Mother Svea (1672), three centuries after an English-Scottish gardener named Philip Miller (1691-1771) named a life Acacia (1754), a Swedish physician described a life called the White Butterfly which he named Pieris rapae and the yellowhammer (1758), Stockholm Palace (1760) and a Swedish stage actress named Ester Lovisa Sofia Augusti Solomon (1756-1790) became a court singer (1773) and the Catholic Church in Sweden (1781).

Made three centuries after a locality was named Vilhelmina (1804) after a German Queen consort named Friederike Dorothea Wilhelmina of Baden (1781-1826) who in 1797 was married per procura, the House of Bernadotte (1810), a Danish poet nicknamed Mother Koren referred to herself as "the noble abused foster daughter." (1814), two centuries after Wallin Girl's School (1831-1939) in Sweden, a Swedish Illis Quorum recipient named Carin Sophie Adlersparre (1823-1895) attended a finishing school (1836-1838), a Swedish instrumentalist named Marie Pauline Landby Åhman (1812-1904) started working (1851) at the Royal Swedish Orchestra (1526), a Scottish-Swedish governess named Jane Miller Thengberg (1822-1902) created a Girl's School for education of women teachers in Uppsala, Sweden called Klosterskolan (1855-1863), Riksdag (1866) in Sweden, an Icelandic painting called "Lady of the Mountain" (1866), Långholmen Prison (1880-1975), the birth of a Swedish chairperson named Signe Wilhelmina Ulrika Bergman (1869-1960) who participated in the Sixth Conference of the International Women's Suffrage Alliance (1911), an English art model named Lady Edith Villiers (1841-1936) became Lady of the Bedchamber (1895), a Swedish Madame named Gertrud Virginia Adelborg (1853-1943) authored a writing regarding women's political right to vote (1898), a Swedish poet lived at a place nicknamed the Blue Tower (1908-1912) and a royal UK training ship named HMS Clio (1858-1919) was certified for the reception of boys (1908), a term called the Electra complex (1913), ninety-four years after a Swedish social worker named Nelly Maria Thüring (1875-1972) became a member of the Riksdag (1921), eighty-two years after a feature film starring a Swedish actress named Greta Lovisa Gustafsson (1905-1990) called "Queen Christina" (1933), sixty-nine years after a Swedish author named Elin Matilda Elisabet Wägner (1882-1949) who was a teacher at Fogelstad Citizen School for Women (1922-1954) became a member (1944) of the Swedish Academy (1786), a singer with names meaning foreign and dweller in the valley sang: "Alas my love you do me wrong to treat me so discourteously … I sent thee kerchiefs for thy head ... that made thee be our harvest queen … fare thee well, adieu …" (1959), thirty-nine years after the Instrument of Government (1974), a Swedish author surnamed Norén wrote: "Song about woman's revolting roles" (1976), ten years after Equal Pay Day (2005), seven years after a voice sang within the mirror's edge: "… no shadows … red lights … let it … racing through …" (2008), contains a great and timely score by composer Anssi Tikanmäki.

This versatile retelling which is set in Sweden in the 17th century and where an Empress regnant of peace silences those at Her Majesty's Pleasure asking for a successor by committing a Most Excellent act where she declares her first cousin her son, is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure, substantial character development, rhythmic continuity, comment by Her Majesty: "I will have a private audience with whom I please." and the immediate acting performances by Swedish actress Malin Buska and Finnish actress Laura Birn. A dynastic narrative feature.

Reviewed by Spencer Hastings 10 / 10

magnificent

To me, this film is brilliant. From the start to the end; it shows perfectly and transmits who was Queen Kristina from Sweden and what she wanted for her and her country. The film respects the century rules in which the film is set; the plot is just wonderful because it doesn't just portrays who was this awesome woman but also stays in what she went through, with everything: her sexuality, her ideas being different from what she has been taught, her desire for being more than just a queen ruling her kingdom marrying a man and having kids; her not accepting what everyone else thought was the best for her, because only she knew what was the best for her and her life. it not only portrays her life but portrays a brilliant, strong, wise, well written fictional character, who was not afraid of being different: who was not afraid of what other people thought about her, who did what she could in a kingdom full of people who didn't had other beliefs that what they believed about, who had a lot of knowledge and still was desiring for more; in a century where the full concept of lgbt people didn't even existed she fought till the end for what her heart felt, and in my opinion that was everything to me. This film is good in many ways: if you would like to know a little bit more of history; if you would like to know an incredible woman that maybe you didn't knew before because they never spoke to you about this in history class; if you would like to watch a good story with a great plot and storyline; if you would like to watch girl on girl representation on just the xvii century (yeah, lesbians and bisexuals existed in the xvii century. it is not something of now, just in case someone forgets). I watched it with hoping of some good cinematography and I ended really happy because it exceeded my expectations in everything. Kristina was awesome in every aspect and I really appreciate that there's a movie about her and her life with so many good details, with people that existed in the real life almost 400 years ago, with no twisted stuff that maybe she didn't do. It portrays exactly what she was and what she did (further the idea that it still is a movie and not a documentary so there's things that are only of the film, but still it keeps her essence and her attitude; her likes and dislikes; her curiosity and her greatness.) Definitely a movie to not miss. Excellent.-

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