Mourning the death of Prince Albert in 1864, Queen Victoria brings Highlander John Brown to court to supervise her horseback riding—and ultimately her life, in some of its most significant political and personal aspects. Judi Dench is a Victoria whose depth can be inferred from an impressively crafted surface; Billy Connolly provides a fascinating contrast as the more overtly dramatic Brown, whose motives for attaching himself to Victoria are a complicated fusion of ambition and compassion. Directed by John Madden, this 1997 British feature calmly dissects the emotions of a woman whose personal life is effectively nonexistent. PG, 103 min.