Film evaluation / ‘Margrete; Queen of the North’

Trine Dyrholm as Queen Margrete of Denmark… saved hundreds of lives by establishing the peaceable Kalmar Union between Denmark, Norway, and Sweden.

“Margrete: Queen of the North” (MA) *** and a half

IN the 14th century, no girl had the precise to rule Denmark. Whereas Margrete commanded respect, she was obliged to rule by means of a person. 

In 1387, when her son Olaf died unexpectedly, she adopted her German-born nice nephew Bogislav, modified his title to the domestically extra palatable Erik, and positioned him on the throne. This association labored effectively for everybody till a stranger (Jakob Oftebro) arrived.

To strengthen her place and assist stave off a possible German invasion, Margrete had organized a wedding between Erik and England’s Princess Philippa (a mere youngster). 

On the eve of the marriage, because the dowry was being settled, an unnamed man arrived claiming to be the actual King Olaf and due to this fact Denmark’s true ruler.

Loosely impressed by precise occasions, in 1397, Queen Margrete (Trine Dyrholm) had saved hundreds of lives by establishing the peaceable Kalmar Union between Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. It’s a memorable efficiency as a ruler dedicated to peace and who will go to any lengths to make sure that it endures (past her time, which it does!).

Filmed within the Czech Republic, author (along with Maya Ilsoe and Jesper Fink) and director Charlotte Sieling’s manufacturing seems good-looking. With one of many greatest budgets ever for a Danish-language movie, an finish title admits that nobody is aware of what the true story is within the case of the “false Olaf”. 

However by its finish, working up curiosity in all of its intrigues and betrayals proves a bit laborious with out reaching the consequence for which its manifest intentions clearly hoped. That is regrettable – I reckon its 120 minutes are price a glance.

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The movie’s denouement is notable. The final particular person whom I recall seeing burned on the stake was performed by Gerard Depardieu within the film model of considered one of Maurice Druon’s “The Accursed Kings”. Should learn them once more. In the meantime, this one’s a doozy.

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Ian Meikle, editor