Judi Dench, who portrayed Queen Victoria in 1997's ''Mrs. Brown,'' gives another superb performance as she returns to the role in this sumptuous production. The fact-based story blends humor and drama to chronicle the unlikely friendship that develops between the elderly queen and a young Indian clerk (Ali Fazal) who comes to England to participate in the Golden Jubilee centennial. Eddie Izzard, Adeel Akhtar and Michael Gambon co-star. Directed by Stephen Frears; screenplay by Lee Hall, based on the book by Shrabani Basu.

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