Gripping WW II drama --The aged king of Norway faces the Germans down without a flinch.
KONGENS NEI image1.jpeg Jesper Christensen, magnificent as Hakon VII in "The King's Choice" The Norwegian WWII epic called "The Kings Choice". (Kongens Nei) was viewed at the lavish Zoo Palace in Berlin during the 2017 Berlin film festival. This is a tremendous docu-drama of the category "They don't them like this Anymore" -- over two gripping hours long but focusing on just the four day period from April 8 to April 11, 1940 -- when the Germans invaded neutral Norway to seize the iron ore reserves and the long strategic coastline under the pretense that they were protecting Norway from a British invasion. The old actor who plays King Hakon VI as a devoted family man as well as a noble king was exceptional and arresting. (Jesper Christensesn, 68) . Suspense filled, almost an historical thriller. So well made that even if this is a relatively unknown corner of WW history it may go over at some international BOs just for the spectacle and scope.
A great picture in every respect. King Hakon VII already up in years, has to decide whether to agree to a Puppet Government under Norwegian traitor Quisling or refuse to accede to the German demands and bring the Norwegians into armed conflict with the overpowering invaders. After fleeing to the north one step ahead of the advancing Germans he agrees to meet the German envoy for a final attempt at a negotiated settlement to achieve a peaceful solution but feels it his royal duty to decline and enter into a brief hopeless war of resistance. The events of these critical days are followed almost hour by hour with inter-titles on screen to produce a documentary feel. This is a somewhat fictionalized account for dramatic effect, based, however completely on real, people and real events. "King's Choice" is a 2016 biographical war drama directed by Erik Poppe. A co-production between Norway and Ireland, and was selected as the Norwegian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars 2017.
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