The Danish Girl

When Gerda Wegener asks her husband Einar to fill in as a portrait model, Einar discovers the person she’s meant to be and begins living her life as Lili Elbe. Having realized her true self and with Gerda’s love and support, Lili embarks on a groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.


Reviews

7 / 10

The Danish Girl was a beautifully shot, inspiring film. Brilliant acting by Redmayne and Vikander and a stunning set design were the highlights for me. Raw emotion and relationships were portrayed well between the leads.

The reason I did not rate higher was I wanted to connect to the characters better – perhaps the use of some flashbacks or greater use of supporting characters, and for this reason the movie was not particularly memorable.

Ultimately, The Danish Girl is a difficult yet important story to tell, and is also greater representation for the LGBTQ+ community.

7.5 / 10

Redmayne is the
real deal

Seeing flashing shots of Redmayne in the trailer for The Danish Girl is what captivated me to select this film for critique in our later discovered ‘Females to the front’ themed round. Knowing his powerful ability to convey emotion and total captivation of an audience, undoubtedly so in critic favourite Fantastic Beasts, I had high expectations. Unsurprisingly, Eddie Redmayne is this film. His portrayal of Lili Elbe is moving, intense, and vulnerable. Although overall the movie is in parts slow, and somewhat difficult to watch, the lead actors and the emotion they bring with them are commendable. I often became lost in Redmayne’s role – believing Lili to be Lili in real life. Simply powerful. Despite being disappointed with the fast paced ending, involving a quick cold death of the lead, overall the film was interesting and lead me to late night googling of its true historical connections. Who knew uterine transplants were a thing? Interesting content delivered in an okay manner. Didn’t knock my socks off but have continued to reflect back on the movie and its characters days later – which says something of its worth.

8.1/10

Not an easy movie to watch, filled with tension and emotion. The true story is well captured and truly does transport you into the characters world. You take on the confusion, sadness and the wants and desires of the characters due to the excellent acting by the lead actors. The film does a great job of telling a difficult story.

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