Victoria and Abdul
Oscar winner Judi Dench personifies for the second time Queen Victoria, the grandmother of Europe, who reigned for 64 years on the british throne. The final chapters of the sovereign's eventful life were made brighter by a young Indian clerk.
The 82 years old actress had already played this role in historical drama 'Mrs. Brown' directed by John Madden in 1997. Now, 20 years later she is brilliant again, playing the old and grumpy queen who still mourns for her husband. She carries away the whole film and renders the rest of the cast practically invisible. Which is bad news for Ali Fazal, who should display an equally strong performance in the role of Abdul Karim, a young Indian bookkeeper who whisks the queen out of her depression and brings color into the dull life of the court. The only fault we can find in this fine and thought-provoking film is that the character of Abdul is not fully developed and this causes some dramatical awkwardness.

'Victoria and Abdul' is based on Shrabani Basu's novel, inspired by true events. Abdul Karim existed in reality and traveled to England in 1887, for the Golden Jubilee of Victoria and stayed for 15 years, until the queen's death as her teacher and friend.
20 September 2017
Hungarian title: Viktória királynő és Abdul
American-British biographical drama, 106 min, 2017
A true story about the most unlikely friendship of history between Abdul, the Indian bookkeeper and Queen Victoria.
Directed by:

Stephen Frears

Distributor: UIP-Duna Film
Premiere: 21 September 2017
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