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The King's Choice (2016)

Kongens nei (original title)
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April 1940. Norway has been invaded by Germany and the royal family and government have fled into the interior. The German envoy to Norway tries to negotiate a peace. Ultimately, the decision on Norway's future will rest with the King.

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Erik Poppe

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Alf R. Jacobsen (inspired by a book written by), Harald Rosenløw-Eeg | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesper Christensen ... H.M. Kong Haakon VII
Anders Baasmo Christiansen ... H.K.H. Kronprins Olav
Karl Markovics ... Curt Bräuer
Tuva Novotny ... H.K.H. Kronprinsesse Märtha
Arthur Hakalahti ... Menig Fredrik Seeberg
Svein Tindberg Svein Tindberg ... Peder Anker Wedel Jarlsberg
Andreas Lust ... Oberstleutnant Hartwig Pohlman
Katharina Schüttler ... Anna Elisabeth ('Anneliese') Bräuer
Ketil Høegh Ketil Høegh ... Utenriksminister Halvdan Koht
Gerald Pettersen Gerald Pettersen ... Statsminister Johan Nygaardsvold
Jan Frostad Jan Frostad ... Stortingspresident Carl Joachim Hambro
Erik Hivju Erik Hivju ... Oberst Birger Eriksen
Espen Sandvik Espen Sandvik ... Kaptein Magnus P. Sødem
Sofie Falkgård Sofie Falkgård ... Prinsesse Ragnhild
Ingrid Ross Raftemo Ingrid Ross Raftemo ... Prinsesse Astrid
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April 1940. Norway has been invaded by Germany and King Haakon VII, the royal family and government have fled into the interior of the country. The German envoy to Norway, Curt Brauer, tries to negotiate a peace. Ultimately, the decision on Norway's future will rest with the King. Written by grantss

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Country:

Norway | Sweden | Denmark | Ireland

Language:

Norwegian | German | Danish | Swedish | English

Release Date:

22 August 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tre døgn i april See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,850, 24 September 2017

Gross USA:

$113,231

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,017,316
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2.35 : 1
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Official submission of Norway for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 89th Academy Awards in 2017. See more »

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The real Battle of Drøbak Sound was much more involved than depicted, the other coastal defense batteries also joining in after the Oscarsborg Fortress had opened fire. See more »

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Song of the Universal
Written by Ola Gjeilo and Walt Whitman
Performed by Nidarosdomens Jentekor & Trondheimsolistene
Piano: Ola Gjeilo
Conductor: Anita Brevik
Recording producer and balance engineer: Morten Lindberg
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An Engrossing Account Of A World War II Event That Many Aren't Aware Of
2 February 2017 | by CinemaClownSee all my reviews

An emotionally engrossing factual account that's brought to life with assured confidence & terrific restraint, The King's Choice (also known as Kongens nei) is an end product of extensive research, competent craftsmanship & skillful narration that brings yet another fascinating World War II event to cinematic life that many aren't aware of.

The story of The King's Choice takes place in Norway during the Second World War and follows the Norwegian King who's forced to make a difficult choice after his nation is invaded by Nazi Germany despite his country's neutral position in the war and has to decide whether to continue fighting the Germans or surrender, a decision that will shape Norway's future.

Directed by Eric Poppe, the film opens with a montage that provides a brief overview of Norway's elected monarch and his role in governing the nation, following which it jumps to 1940 and moves ahead from there. Poppe's direction is brilliant for the most part, as he is able to keep the interest alive and delivers some thrilling moments of chaos & destruction that war brings with itself.

There are only a couple or more battle sequences but all of it is thoroughly riveting & expertly shot. The drama is compelling, the tension is palpable, and its characters are interesting to some extent but there are still a few moments when it indulges in trivial matters which take the focus away from what's relevant. Its 133 minutes narrative is steadily paced but it begins to lose steam after a while.

My favourite aspect, however, is the background score, for it is able to elevate & enrich the impact of many segments with its ingeniously composed & emotionally evocative tracks that are always in sync with the unfolding events. Camera-work is equally well-balanced, and the cast delivers strong performances throughout by playing their given roles with aptness & leave nothing to complain about.

On an overall scale, The King's Choice has its shares of positives & negatives but it manages to be a gripping experience for the most part. It doesn't hold back anything when it comes to capturing the visceral nature of war and is fabulously supported by a rousing score in those moments but it also lacks the same level of intensity in the dramatic portions at times and fails to hit as hard as it was capable of. Still, definitely worth a shot.


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