In the mid 20’s, based on a true story that takes place in Copenhagen, this sad and very touching film explores the life of a transgender person, Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne), who made the decision to transform into a woman even though he was born a man. Einar was happily married and best friends with his wife Gerda Wegener (Alicia Vikander). Together they appeared to enjoy a rather joyful marriage complete with all the frolicking of young kids in love. This went on for all of 8 years until Gerda, who was a portrait artist, decided to ask Einar, who was a popular landscape artist, to sit in for a non-show, female model she was painting at their home. From that point on, Einar would walk down a path for which he would not be able to reverse. As Einar transformed into Lili Elbe, one of the first known recipients of sex reassignment surgery, Gerda stood by him, coming up with every suggestion of help she could muster. It is very interesting to see how doctors, from all walks of medicine, would diagnose Einar’s condition and the methods of treatment they would offer up. At some point, one could not help but feel complete sympathy and heartbreak for Lili, not really knowing what to call him, not to mention Gerda who remained utterly and completely in love with Einar.
This movie will give you a little insight into the world of transgenders and the plight of their confusion to their acceptance. Whether you think people should be ousted or ridiculed for their “abnormalities” or accepted, The Danish Girl might just help you to make up your mind or at least, understand what you don’t or maybe, if you’re spiritual, cause you to pray for them. It’s a good movie worth seeing. The performances by Eddie RedMayne and Alicia Vikander were brilliant.
[The Danish Girl is nominated for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Costume Design and Production Design]