I saw this in the theater when my husband (who is a film scholar) was out-of-town and I was so impressed by it that I bought a copy, to try to convince him to watch it. For some reason, that endeavor was like pulling teeth, but when we finally watched it together a few nights ago, my husband had to admit that it fully lived up to everything I had said about it.
The film is based on a staggering series of events that had an explosive impact on Denmark, just as Europe was being transformed by the Enlightenment. The acting is truly exceptional... not only, as one would expect, from Mads Mikkelsen, but also by the two actors who play the king and queen... we were particularly amazed to learn in the extras that the actor who so masterfully plays the king is new to film acting! The writing and direction are superb.
When interviewed at the Berlin Film Festival, Mads Mikkelsen said it was his favorite of the films he has starred in... HIGHLY recommended!