Caroline Mathilda (Alicia Vikander) is courted by Danish King Christian VII (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard), an inmature man who is actually insane. The two marry and she begins to breed. Enter Dr. Struensee (Mads Mikkelsen), a man of science who becomes the King's favorite.
Under Dr. Struensee's influence, reforms are made and the people are happy. However the Danish Elite fear they are losing power and they challenge the King's authority. While the King entertains himself in the brothel, Struensee and Caroline find comfort in each other's arms.
Soon to be known as the new Hannibal Lechter and best known as the James Bond villain in **Casino Royale,** Mads Mikkelsen creates a realistic sympathic character. His Struenesse appears stoic, but Mikkelsen reveals the good doctor's many shades of grey. As Caroline, Alicia Vikander matches Mikkelsen much like Ginger Rogers matched steps with Fred Astaire.
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