Friday, 3 June 2011


The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) is a historical drama film Settled in the 16th century in England. The Tudor King Henry VIII was married to Catherine of Aragon, who could not give birth to a boy.
During a visit to the Boleyn state Mary, Anne's younger sister, felt attracted by the King. She falls in love and gets pregnant. Some months after, she gave birth to a bastard child, Little Henry and was sent off the castle.
As Henry was in desperate need of a male heir Thomas Boleyn and his brother the Duke of Norfolk saw a possibility to raise their family position at court. The plan was that Anne should seduce Henry. The arrangement would bring political and economical benefit for the family.
So Anne got her chance. She became speculative and ambitious in her role of Henry's second wife encouraging him to break from the Catholic Church. Though she got pregnant she was unable to give him a boy to legitimate the access to the throne.
In the film both sisters are depicted differently, Mary is genuinely in love with Henry whereas Anne is blinded seeking power.
Although the film is based on historical facts, it lacks precision, especially about some inaccuracies that lead Anne to be executed. And also, the love triangle between Mary, Anne and the King is showed from a simplistic point of view.
All in all, I would recommend the film because the cast and the performances are good and also because the historical period is really interesting as regards the consequences it brought about to England's history.


  1. I have not watched this film but accordint to what you wrote it is very interesting because we can learn about English customs and history in 16th century. Thanks for reccomending it !

  2. I watched this film some weeks ago and it was really good. As you said the performances are great and the historical period is remarkable.Tania