When Gerda (Alicia Vikander) asks her husband Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne) to fill in as a portrait model, Einar's long-repressed feelings surface and she begins living her life as a woman. Embarking on a groundbreaking journey that's only made possible by the unconditional love of her wife, Einar fights to become the person she's meant to be, transgender pioneer Lili Elbe.
An Eye opening film
- The Danish Girl review by DS
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The story is very revealing as to the times and how the acceptance of the transgender people has changed so much, I very much enjoyed the pace of the film and the relationships portrayed, I would have liked the story to be more devoted to the wife's point of view and her strength of character as she carries the film's story so much the balance seemed a little out, to an extent her selflessness made the Danish girl character more eccentric, and self indulgent.
This film is by turns intriguing, enlightening and disturbing. Let me say straight away that it is very well made, and beautifully performed, which is why the story - based on real events in the 1920s - comes across in a way that draws you in and informs you about the reality of transgender people.
Ultimately, however, I found it hard to enjoy fully for the simple reason that it is so intimate a portrayal of the emotional and physical changes that the Eddie Redmayne character undergoes you feel like a voyeur intruding on something too personal to be made public.
There were several scenes where I found myself almost not wanting to watch, which is pretty amazing for a non-horror movie, and the whole movie has what I term a "Titanic" feel, i.e. you know exactly what is going to happen, yet you have to sit through all the gory details awaiting the inevitable ending.
I think it deserves 4 stars if judged purely as a piece of film making, but I can only give it 2.5/3 based on my personal reaction.