I think I'm a bit late to this, but had to give a huge English/history buff shout out to the period piece, The Young Victoria. Told in a very visually crafted sort of way, one that stuns and delights the senses, the movie centers on the life of a young, soon to be queen Victoria. We are brought into the young woman's world, full of its intrigue, glamour, and loneliness. While young Victoria battles her mother and uncle's desires for a Regency, wherein they can run the country until Victoria is of age, she is also pressured by political figures who vie for her approval. In this midst of this, Victoria is introduced to a young royal from Belgium (also a cousin), who understands the pressures and loneliness that Victoria has been put under. This young royal, Albert, becomes her friend and confidante, and over years, visits, and a slew of exchanged letters, they develop a sincere and honest bond.
What can I say that hasn't already been said in the press and by other fans of this film? It is beautiful, breathtaking, and one that stirs one's empathy towards those in lonely positions of power. In a period and position where marrying for love was less common than today, I found the message of shared burden and purpose to be endearing and hopeful. I heartily say go see this one before it leaves theaters! For more information on the film, see: The Young Victoria official film site. Gorgeous.