RELEASED 2015 RUNTIME 119 MIN LANGUAGE ENGLISH DIRECTION TOM HOOPER SCREENPLAY LUCINDA COXON STARRING EDDIE REDMAYNE, ALICIA VIKANDER, MATTHIAS SCHOENAERTS, BEN WISHAW, SEBASTIAN KOCH, AMBER HEARD MUSIC ALEXANDRE DESPLAT
Yesterday I wrote a review to a movie about lesbian homosexuality. Today comes the review to The Danish Girl that tells the story of Einer Wegener, a man turned female who underwent one of the first male-to-female sex surgeries to become Lili Elbe, a transgender pioneer.
First of all, the performances are ridiculously good! We are watching two actors who likely will be front runners for the academy awards. Eddie Redmayne just won the Oscar last year for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything. What a talent! He can become one of the very few actors to win back to back oscars.
Actually, he plays two people in the movie because, after all, his male version is an entirely different person than his female true self, or at least that’s how his character explains it in the movie. I totally believe him on screen.
But maybe even more surprised I’m by the performance of Alicia Vikander as his wife Gerder Wagener. Alicia is on roll this year. I wouldn’t even be surprised if she gets nominated twice for her role as the AI in Ex Machina and now for this movie.
Even though the Danish girl is about the life of Lili Elbe, I would argue that it’s even more about the life of Gerder. In a weird way she has the bigger story arc than Lili because the movie beautifully portrays her struggle as the wife of a man who doesn’t believe to be him anymore. And she goes through so many emotional struggle as somebody in her situation would go and you totally feel for her.
Just overall I felt really touched by this film because it beautifully showcases how strong the love between two people can be and that somebody is willing to literally sacrifice the person she loves to create a new one that can’t give her the things the other one could.
This movie has kind of opened my eyes to the extraordinary problem of how hard it must be not only for the people who feel like they are trapped in the wrong body, but for the people who love the person that is the shell trapping the individual who tries to escape, while still in love with each other.
It’s just crazy to think about trying to solve this dilemma so everyone feels fine about it afterwards, but that’s exactly what this film shows so effectively and that mainly because of the extraordinary performances by the main actors.
Sure the movie is totally made with the mindset of winning as many academy awards as possible, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying it. It certainly isn’t my favorite movie of the year, but the one that touched me the most.