The Young Victoria (2009) by Jean-Marc Vallée The Young Victoria trailer: The Young Victoria (2009) by Jean-Marc Vallée

Victoria  is just your average teenager. She enjoys music, dancing, painting and playing with her dog Dash. The only problem is that her meddlesome uncle Leopold wants her to marry cousin Albert. As she’s only 17, she’s not really ready for that. Oh, that and uncle William, he’s not very well and when he dies, Victoria will become Queen of England.

Young Victoria doesn't particularly deviate from the biographical film formula, but with an outstanding lead performance and a refined script it stands proud with the best of them. A curiously eclectic bunch of filmmakers - Martin Scorsese and Sarah Ferguson produce and indie darling Jean-Marc Vallée directs - seem to work in its favour. Valeé has an elegant touch behind the camera. Through his lens Victoria's world is contained, there are no extravagant 'movie moments'; the closest we get is a neat dolly shot of Blunt gliding towards Friend and a failed assassination attempt. Yet as an epic of the heart it's inherently cinematic.