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The Girl King

The Girl King

Dec. 11, 2015 Finland106 Min.
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8.7 1,701 votes

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Malin Buska isKristina
Kristina
Sarah Gadon isCountess Ebba Sparre
Countess Ebba Sparre
Michael Nyqvist isChancellor Axel Oxenstierna
Chancellor Axel Oxenstierna
Lucas Bryant isCount Johan Oxenstierna
Count Johan Oxenstierna
Laura Birn isCountess Erika Erksein
Countess Erika Erksein
Hippolyte Girardot isAmbassador Pierre Hector Chanut
Ambassador Pierre Hector Chanut
Peter Lohmeyer isBishop of Stockholm
Bishop of Stockholm
François Arnaud isKarl Gustav Kasimir
Karl Gustav Kasimir
Martina Gedeck isMaria Eleonora
Maria Eleonora
Patrick Bauchau isRené Descartes
René Descartes

Synopsis

A portrait of the brilliant, extravagant Kristina of Sweden, queen from age six, who fights the conservative forces that are against her ideas to modernize Sweden and who have no tolerance for her awakening sexuality.

The Girl King
The Girl King
The Girl King
Original titleThe Girl King
IMDb Rating5.9 1,958 votes
TMDb Rating6.4 26 votes

(9) comments

  • Tracy AllardDecember 12, 2015Reply

    A beautiful film about a lesser known historical period

    I caught this film entirely by accident, with zero expectations or
    knowledge of the subject matter. I am unqualified to speak to the
    historicity of the events. But if it is close to historical events,
    what a beautiful film was made of it. Dealing with politics and
    religion and feminism, it is a rare little gem.

    Christina, the Queen (actually ”King”) of Sweden from 1632 (age 6)
    until 1654, was tutored by a unique man, and grew up to be a young
    woman with curiosity about the world and a taste for life, she shook
    the institutions of the day, with an unkind mixture of success and
    failures. The film is mostly in English with a little French
    (accompanied by subtitles), the actors do a fine job, and I really
    appreciated the makeup team’s subtle approach. I might have appreciated
    a script less focused on romance and more on personality and
    accomplishments, but then again, in our 20s, hormones can dominate all.

  • IrishmoviereviewerDecember 13, 2015Reply

    Interesting and boring…

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • d-vanderleerDecember 28, 2015Reply

    beautiful film about a very interesting person

    Watching the score of this film here on IMDb I was not very eager to
    watch this film. I did anyway and did not regret any minute. Of course
    a lot of aspects a persons life disappear in a movie of 2 hours. But a
    film should be watched as a separate piece of art. And this piece is
    simply beautiful and enjoyable! I had never heard of Kristina of Sweden
    before, and I really like being introduced to her. Very interesting
    person in history. And certainly not only because she loved women,
    because that is of all times. Her ideas and curiosity made a change in
    history. That is what triggered me to find out more about her. And the
    low score here triggered me to write a review. This film deserves much
    better!

  • vivaldi-bgdJanuary 4, 2016Reply

    I expected more…

    The super-interesting trailer for The Girl Kind promised more than was
    really in the movie. It’s kind of an open and unfinished story on
    multiple levels – Kristina’s reign regarding the military campaign,
    country reforms and her personal life. All these important stories were
    merely touched in the movie. We never got to see whether or not
    Kristina actually reformed anything in Sweden at the time, the military
    campaign was also very vague and her relationship with the Countess
    deserved much more.

    I indeed expected more to be seen between the two ladies in terms of
    chemistry and storyline. Though they shared enough time on screen, the
    relationship is missing a lot. We could only get a glimpse of Buska and
    Gadon’s potential in a few scenes where they showed subtle, unspoken
    affection between the two characters. It’s a pity the director did not
    use more of their talent to tell a very personal story of Kristina and
    how deep the relationship with Sparre must have been. There is enough
    historical evidence to confirm Kristina’s sexuality. A character so
    passionate about knowledge, philosophy and art surely must have been
    even more passionate about the affairs of the heart. It’s a pity only
    the dark side of it was depicted in the movie. In spite of this movie
    being about Kristina, obviously a lot of her is embedded in Sparre’s
    character. Unfortunately, Sparre’s side of the love coin was left
    unexplored.

  • maurice yacowarJanuary 5, 2016Reply

    Queen Christina flees convention and patriarchal power

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • ccorral419January 10, 2016Reply

    The King has spoken

    Palm Springs International Film Festival- Film Review: The Girl King.
    Director Mika Kaurismaki and Writer Michel Marc Bouchard bring to the
    screen the tale of 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 of
    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. While this battle
    to turn her people around is fought by many, there is an underlying
    need/call for her to marry and producer an off-spring. Yet, with many a
    handsome suitor at her taking (including Lucas Bryant and François
    Arnaud), Kristina (Malin Buska) has eyes on her lady-in-waiting
    Countess Ebba Sparreat (Sarah Gadon). For a film that is relatively
    unknown (except in the Gay/Lesbian arena), this small film is produced
    with excellence, featuring terrific acting, period piece costumes,
    intriguing dialogue and storyline that keeps the audience waiting to
    see what Kristina will do with her life. Small independent films that
    pack a wallop like ”The Girl King” are what Film Festivals are all
    about.

  • Spencer HastingsMarch 19, 2016Reply

    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.-

  • Sindre KaspersenApril 18, 2016Reply

    ”…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.

  • Tom DooleyJuly 30, 2016Reply

    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.

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