The Girl King
Tyttökuningas AKA Queen Kristina
Sweden, Finland (FI), 2015, 106 minutes
The Girl King 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.

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Reviewed by josephcalingasa
Engaging and riveting! The title itself will intrigue you and draw your attention right away.  Director Kaurismaki deftly gives us a peek on the individualism and dynamism of this lesbian... more
Engaging and riveting! The title itself will intrigue you and draw your attention right away.  Director Kaurismaki deftly gives us a peek on the individualism and dynamism of this lesbian ruler, Queen Kristina.  The film tackles religion, power and romance and while the historical element is intriguing the romance and love element also draws tantamount reactions from viewers.  Commendable cast and with impressive cinematography to boot,  I give this a 4 stars and would highly recommend this to mature viewers. 
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Reviewed by judineclaudio
This film reminds me of Daenerys Targaryen from the Game of Thrones. A daughter destined to rule a kingdom but is underestimated because of her sexuality. I have never heard of... more
This film reminds me of Daenerys Targaryen from the Game of Thrones. A daughter destined to rule a kingdom but is underestimated because of her sexuality. I have never heard of her, so this film is both beautiful and informative. The film deals with feminism, which is VERY RARE in films nowadays -- it was portrayed it perfectly. The romance between the queen and her lady-in-waiting makes the film much powerful and so Victorian. Great cinematography and of course, 5 stars for this film. This one's much better than our history class. A must watch! 
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Reviewed by nikkareyes
Intense and with great performances! This  film of a  girl king, Sweden's queen Kristina, played by Malin Buska, takes on a rare route and gives us  a peek of an... more
Intense and with great performances! This  film of a  girl king, Sweden's queen Kristina, played by Malin Buska, takes on a rare route and gives us  a peek of an unconventional reign. This parable of power and also of love stays in the minds of viewers also because of the impressionable production design  despite of the modest film budget and  yes, the powerhouse cast. Sarah Gadon as Countess Ebba Sparre, love interest of the Queen Kristina packs up a commanding onscreen presence and  Michael Nyquist (known for the film " The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo") as Queen Kristina's uncle and counselor was impressive.  Queen Kristina's friendship with French philosopher  Rene Descartes was also an interesting angle in the film and how his teachings boils over in her manner of ruling the kingdom.  Do check out this compelling historic film, folks! 
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Reviewed by samwhite
This is gorgeous historical film set in Sweden about the life of one of the country's most fascinating historical characters. The film is about Queen Kristina of Sweden who... more
This is gorgeous historical film set in Sweden about the life of one of the country's most fascinating historical characters. The film is about Queen Kristina of Sweden who was crowned Queen in 1633 at the age of six and raised as a prince. The film follows Kristina’s life from her early years, and focuses mainly on the time following her coronation. Without giving too much away the main romance and focus of the film is between Kristina and the fiancé of one of her noblemen, Countess Ebba Sparre, who is played brilliantly by the enchanting Sarah Gadon. Providing a great insight into an enigmatic queer historical figure its well worth watching if your able to find it. Please bring this to FilmDoo!!!
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Reviewed by j_haseltine
The Girl King is a stunning portrayal of the enigmatic Queen Christina. Mika Kaurismäki weaves an intricate historical tale one again touching on her gender and cultural identity. Shining a... more
The Girl King is a stunning portrayal of the enigmatic Queen Christina. Mika Kaurismäki weaves an intricate historical tale one again touching on her gender and cultural identity. Shining a new light on the exciting, often turbulent life of Queen Christina, Kaurismäki falters rarely across the 105 minute run time and contributes to the growing popularity of Christina's unique history.
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  • I find the visuals appealing and the history of Queen Kristina truly interesting. Yet I think the film somehow lacks in depth and instead focused more on the film as being a costume drama. 

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  • I find the visuals appealing and the history of Queen Kristina truly interesting. Yet I think the film somehow lacks in depth and instead focused more on the film as being a costume drama. 
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  • WIth the cinema of the Kaurismäki brothers you can always expect some interesting and original stories.I don't know Queen Kristina that much but I am alreay hooked. Bring it on. 

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  • WIth the cinema of the Kaurismäki brothers you can always expect some interesting and original stories.I don't know Queen Kristina that much but I am alreay hooked. Bring it on. 
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  • She is way ahead of her time. The cinematography and musical score are brilliant.

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  • She is way ahead of her time. The cinematography and musical score are brilliant.
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  • Like most strong women during the middle ages, Christina rose above gender and social norms for herself and her kingdom. Great period movie, with cinematography and cast to match...

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  • Like most strong women during the middle ages, Christina rose above gender and social norms for herself and her kingdom. Great period movie, with cinematography and cast to match...
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  • Mika Kaurismaki really steps out of the shadow of his brother - Aki Kaurismaki in this super stylish production. Sarah Gadon gives a spot on performance in the supporting role and the chemistry between between her and the enigmatic ruler is captured beautifully and convincingly.

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  • Mika Kaurismaki really steps out of the shadow of his brother - Aki Kaurismaki in this super stylish production. Sarah Gadon gives a spot on performance in the supporting role and the chemistry between between her and the enigmatic ruler is captured beautifully and convincingly.
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  • An under represented iconic historic figure! This reminds me of another brilliant film I saw called "A Frozen Flower" about a gay king and his lover and historic Korea. What do I need to do to see this film?

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  • An under represented iconic historic figure! This reminds me of another brilliant film I saw called "A Frozen Flower" about a gay king and his lover and historic Korea. What do I need to do to see this film?
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    Not heard of that one, will check it out...
    Not heard of that one, will check it out...
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    StarlightGal  "A Frozen Flower" was  compelling and intense, I agree that these 2 films have common ground in terms of theme and historical significance. 
    StarlightGal  "A Frozen Flower" was  compelling and intense, I agree that these 2 films have common ground in terms of theme and historical significance. 
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  • Sarah Gadon's in this? Coolness!

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  • Sarah Gadon's in this? Coolness!
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  • Really looking forward to see this one ! About time to get a biopic based one of the most iconic queens. I'm also curious about the performances of rising actresses, Malin Buska and Sarah Gadon.

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  • Really looking forward to see this one ! About time to get a biopic based one of the most iconic queens. I'm also curious about the performances of rising actresses, Malin Buska and Sarah Gadon.
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  • Can't wait to see this! Queen Kristina was a formidable figure in her time, and the most famous (and only?) lesbian ruler.

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  • Can't wait to see this! Queen Kristina was a formidable figure in her time, and the most famous (and only?) lesbian ruler.
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