The Girl King

The Girl King

DVD - 2015
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A depiction of several years in the life of the seventeenth century Queen Kristina of Sweden, the 'Girl King.'

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ausnos
Jun 18, 2018

I found myself torn between hating and admiring Queen Kristina. On one hand, she was very strong willed and did not let men dominate her. On the other hand, she caved in too hard for a woman who would never be hers. That being said, I truly felt for Kristina and her inner plight. Monarchs did not have unlimited power, and it was that much harder if that monarch was a homosexual.

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Ron@Ottawa
Jan 21, 2018

An average, costumed drama set in sixteen century Sweden, with a lesbian tone. Telefilm was also involved in the production. Not a great watch.

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kpelish
May 04, 2017

Intrigued because I’d never heard of this 17th C. Queen. Mildly disappointed that the director chose to focus a lot on her “devil-inspired” lesbian affair more than her statecraft; it seemed prurient. Hard to believe she would storm into the approved society wedding of this former lover and create a scene. Kristina brokered the Peace of Westphalia, navigated the old rigid days of murderous religions: Catholicism vs. (Lutheran) Protestantism, and invited her favorite philosopher, Descartes, to be a honored guest at her court (his famous quote: “The Heart has its reasons that Reason knows nothing of.” ) The actress, Swedish Malin Buska, does a passionate job of portraying a cultured, strong-willed woman determined to choose her own path in the world and rather than marry (similar to the pressures that Elizabeth I in England had faced), she creates an heir for her beloved country, but with a twist. Filmed in the country of Finland, which has a beautiful, wintry appeal. Note: English subtitles.

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imagenel
Mar 02, 2017

For those too young to have seen Garbo's Queen Christina, this Canada/German/Finland/Sweden co-production is rich with political/religious/sexual intrigues and an international cast; lead actress is too young to have the Garbo aura with her wriggly eyebrows to express inner turmoils. The blonde countess of her desire later starred as young QEII in a Royal Night Out. In an age when the Brit royals become a film industry (Mrs. Brown, The Queen, King's Speech, Madness of King Georges, etc. etc.), this is rather refreshing as Queen Kristina (K not C) is a child of Enlightenment who invited René Descartes to her court only to have him poisoned (history was kinder with his ambiguous death) by her courtiers.

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papagator
Jun 24, 2016

Time period piece about Sweden's 17th-century monarch Kristina, who takes the thrown at the age of six and later assumes the power over her country at the age of 18. The fact that she is a woman now reigning over the country run by men, takes a back seat to her desire to change her country from war and division to a society of peace. Lot's of self discovery about how the world works.

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newdog
May 01, 2016

The storyline was good, but it moved tremendously slow.

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Keogh
Feb 25, 2016

The Swedish queen is the subject of this historical film that examines the intrigues of court, the history of the time, and speculates on one of her relationships. The chemistry between the two leading actresses is exceptional.

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