The Girl King

Synopsis: An enigmatic young woman in conflict - torn between reason and passion; between her woman's body and being raised as a prince; between the ancient and modern worlds and between the brilliance of her educated mind and the conservative forces around her. Crowned Queen at the age of six, Kristina of Sweden was thrust into a labyrinth of power and tradition, where a court of austere, Lutheran men pressure her to marry and produce an heir to fulfill her destiny. She finds sanctuary and love with her lady-in-waiting, the beautiful and elegant, countess Ebba Sparre, although the Chancellor, Axel Oxenstierna, pressures her to pair with his son, Johan. Soon the forces around the Queen realize that Ebba is the key to controlling her, but they underestimate Kristina's brilliant mind and her drive to be free.
Director(s): Mika Kaurismäki
  3 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
106 min

My Kristina of Sweden!

I implore you to call

upon your cleverness!

I beseech you,

in the name of our Lord!

Save your Empire!




Good night, Your Majesty.

See you tomorrow.

The queen Mother

refuses to see you!

Chancellor, how dare you

force your way into my quarters.

I've come to save your

daughter from your madness

and to remove he king's body.

- Not so soon!

- Soon?

He's been on your

bed for two years!


His heart!

Look at that mad, mad woman...

She shows no respect

to our king. Go.

Nein! Nein...

Ah Kristina, Kristina!



Kristina, Kristina...

Come, come!


Come! Kristina.




Get the body.








Happy Birthday your majesty.

Control your anger.


Suppress your tears.

Were you aware of her shoulder?

A distracted servant.

She fell down

a flight of stairs.

The child is in good health.


I remember when you were born...

Your first cry was so deep,

we thought it was

the long awaited prince.

So we took you to your father

and he unwrapped the blanket.

A girl...

But she must be very clever,

because she fooled us all.

She will be

raised like a prince.

Rules for the training

of the mind, by Descartes!

A Catholic!

That is blasphemy.

To be uneducated

in this world of ours,

that would be blasphemy.


How dare you!

- Stop!

- From now on...

We will decide what you read.

Luther is right.

The Pope is an aberration and...

and his infallibility...

a fraud.

I'm glad to see you've

come to your senses...

But I still think

Luther's austerity is sadistic.

He sees the devil everywhere.

Even in a fly.

I'll bring back

your favorite books.


If you wish.

Even Descartes...


Her Majesty is in good health.

Happy eighteenth birthday.

With your father's sword,

Sweden is yours.





You should

concentrate, my cousin!

I'll lay a treasure

at your feet.

The greatest

treasure in the world?


The greatest

treasure in the world.

I'll grant your deepest desire.

Just ask me!


Like Luther,

I want to spend a night

with the devil.

Do you really think he's the one

who will lay

the devil at your feet?


On this sacred day,

may I call you my daughter?

Did I see you speak

to her on my behalf?

She needs to feel loved,

convince her.

They haven't brought me your

Royal Proclamation speech.

And they won't be bringing it.


Because that's what I decided.

Do you realize the

importance of this speech?


And I've been preparing

for it since childhood.

This is a fine occasion

for you to trust her.

Stop it.



Let Kristina show you

that you have every reason

to be proud of her.

Very well.

I'll hold you both responsible

for the consequences.


Her majesty, Queen Kristina!

How radiant and proud she is!

What a marvelous

day for our kingdom!

You, Kristina, on the throne.



Your majesty...

Your humble servant.

Magnus, I take umbrage

at your splendid attire.

If Your Majesty wishes,

I shall take everything off.

And I should take

umbrage all the more.

May I introduce you

to Monsieur Pierre Chanut,

France's distinguished

ambassador to our country.

Your Majesty.


Despite our

religious differences,

Sweden accepts France,

the eldest daughter

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Michel Marc Bouchard

Michel Marc Bouchard, (born February 2, 1958) is a Canadian playwright. He has received the Prix Journal de Montreal, Prix du Cercle des critiques de l'Outaouais, the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, the Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award, and nine Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards for the Vancouver productions of Lilies and The Orphan Muses. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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