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!