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Aromantic look at the accession and early years of Queen Victoria's reign, The Young Victoria centres around her relationship with her German cousin and husband-to-be, Prince Albert, from their first encounter to their marriage.

Unlike some period dramas, this movie does not attempt to win over its audience with an overly dramatic plot. But its steady pace and subtle emotions make it realistic, human and ultimately gripping.

French-Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallee and Academy Award winning scriptwriter Julian Fellowes do an excellent job of portraying the young queen's struggles to be her own woman and escape the suffocating control of her mother, the Duchess of Kent, and her adviser Sir John Conroy.

The movie has the rare distinction of being produced by a former Royal, Sarah Duchess of York, whose daughter Princess Beatrice makes a brief appearance in the film. But the success of this movie rides much on the excellent performances by Emily Blunt as the young Victoria, and Rupert Friend as Prince Albert.

The role won Blunt Best Actress in a Canadian Film 2010 by the Vancouver Film Critics Circle and other nominations, including a Golden Globes nod.

This is a movie that gives insights into the happy marriage of a queen who reigned for 63 years, the longest in British history.

YP rating: 4/5

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