The Danish Girl is inspired by the true story of married Danish painters Einar and Gerda Wegener. When portrait artist Gerda Wegener as her husband Einar to stand in for a female model who couldn’t make it on time, it reveals her husband lifetime identification as a woman.
I just absolutely adore this film. The whole time, I was transfixed to Eddie Redmayne’s transformation into Lili Elbe’s character. His sublime performance as one of the pioneering transgender individuals is nothing short of amazing!
After Redmayne’s beyond amazing Oscar winning performance in The Theory of Everything, this I thought should’ve gotten him his second Oscar. Alas, he was pitted against THE Leonardo DiCaprio whose time to win has been long overdue and it would be a total injustice if DiCaprio’s equally incredible performance in The Revenant will be ignored yet again. If this was released last year, he could easily snatched the Best Actor trophy from Gary Oldman.
It is also undeniable that without Vikander’s affecting performance as Einar Wegener’s devoted wife, the whole vibe of the film won’t be as convincing! Her subtle intensity is what made Gerda’s character truly mesmerizing on screen.
The story felt as powerful today as when it was released a couple of years back, what with all the stories and media mileage the Transgender community is getting at the moment, one that I’m hoping will continue until such time everyone could just mind their own business.
Director: Tom Hooper
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ben Whishaw, Amber Heard, Sebastian Koch, Adrian Schiller, Emerald Fennell, Nicholas Woodeson, Pip Torrens, Henry Pettigrew
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars