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Their heartwarming celebration of human possibility marks the directorial debut of Andy Serkis. An arthritic Nova Scotia woman works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in the community. Abdul Karim arrives from India to participate in Queen Victoria's golden jubilee.
The young clerk is surprised to find favor with the queen herself. As Victoria questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance that her household and inner circle try to destroy.
As their friendship deepens, the queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes, joyfully reclaiming her humanity. Some good performances to support another superb performance by Judy Dench. Izzard was a revelation. Good pace, good camera work - More history well told than masterpiece, but a good night out. More comedic lines than I was expecting. Is the racism at the core of the film as much about class as religion? Start your free trial. Golden Globe Nominees: Titles. Top Films of Use the HTML below. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin.
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Listen to Paula Abdul now. To play this content, you'll need the Spotify app. Get Spotify Open Spotify. You look like someone who appreciates good music. She asks him to teach her Urdu and the Qur'an. When Victoria discovers he is married, she asks him to return to India and bring his wife to join him in England. He arrives with his wife and his mother-in-law, both wearing black burqas , to the consternation of the household but the fascination of Victoria. It is elaborately decorated with carvings by Bhai Ram Singh in an intricate style, with a carpet from Agra, formal portraits of renowned Indians, and a replica of the Peacock Throne.
While Victoria treats Abdul as a son, his preferment is resented by her household and inner circle, including her son Bertie and the prime minister.
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The household plots to undermine their relationship, hoping that Abdul will be sent home. When Victoria embarrasses herself by recounting to the court the one-sided account of the Indian Mutiny that Abdul had told her, Victoria's faith and trust in him are shaken and she decides he must go home. But soon after, she changes her mind and asks him to stay.
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The prime minister is adamant that the royal household must find a way to get rid of Abdul. They research his family background in India and present Victoria with a dossier to show that his family is more ordinary and poor than Abdul has told her. When Victoria insists her doctor examine Abdul to find out why his wife has not become pregnant, he discovers that Abdul has gonorrhea and rushes to tell the queen, expecting her to dismiss him in disgust. However, Victoria remains loyal to Abdul and admonishes her courtiers for plotting against him.
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She tells the household that she intends to give Abdul a knighthood. Eventually, the household decides that if Victoria does not break with Abdul they will all resign. They also threaten to certify Victoria as insane. When Victoria is told, she angrily summons the entire household to the Durbar Room and demands that anyone who wants to resign step forward.
When none do so, she tells them she has decided not to make Abdul a knight, but to include him in her next honours list as a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order. When Victoria falls ill, she urges Abdul to return to India, while she can still protect him. She warns him that when she dies, the court will turn on him, but Abdul insists that he will stay with Victoria until the end of her life.
In , Victoria dies, and her son Bertie, now Edward VII , rejects Abdul, burning all the gifts and papers he has received from the Queen, and sending him and his family back to India. Abdul's wife manages to save the locket for him. It is revealed that Abdul lived in India until his death eight years later in The film ends with Abdul kneeling at a large statue of Queen Victoria close to the Taj Mahal , talking to it and kissing its feet in respect.
Stephen Frears was set to direct. Principal photography on the film began on 15 September , at Victoria's former royal residence Osborne House on the Isle of Wight in the United Kingdom. Costumes from the production were on display at Osborne House, from 24 July until 30 September In the Women's Voices for Change , Alexandra MacAaron, who rated the movie eight out of ten, wrote that "Judi Dench's Oscar-worthy second turn as Queen Victoria is a poignant portrait of fading power and human connection.
Just don't mistake it for actual history.