When you sleep with the King, it ceases to be a private matter." And so it comes to pass that young Mary Boleyn (Scarlett Johansson) must stand before her father, Sir Thomas (Mark Rylance), and her uncle, the Duke of Norfolk (David Morrissey), and report the nitty-gritty details of having just had sex with King Henry VIII (Eric Bana). Obsessed with gaining the profitable favor of the King, the Duke's original plan was to have Mary's older sister Anne (Natalie Portman) become Henry's mistress and give him the son — and heir — that his wife, Katherine of Aragon (Ana Torrent) has not. After Anne overplayed her hand and offended the King, Sir Thomas and the Duke threw Mary in his path, and though initially resistant, she quickly melted before Henry's charms, which are understandable since... More >>>
As Mary and Anne Boleyn, Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman practically tremble with inner life.