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The Danish Girl (2015)



Critic Consensus: The Danish Girl serves as another showcase for Eddie Redmayne's talent -- and poignantly explores thought-provoking themes with a beautifully filmed biopic drama.

Movie Info

The remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda's marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili's groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer. -- (C) Focus Featuresmore
Rating: R (for some sexuality and full nudity)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Lucinda Coxon
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 1, 2016
Focus Features - Official Site


Alicia Vikander
as Gerda Wegener
Eddie Redmayne
as Einar Wegener/Lili E...
Amber Heard
as Oola Paulson
Sebastian Koch
as Warnekros
Claus Bue
as Man at Window
Peter Krag
as Stage Doorman
as Hvappe
Richard M. Dixon
as Fonnesbach
Pip Torrens
as Dr. Hexler
Paul Bigley
as Man in Gallery
Nancy Crane
as Enthusiastic America...
Nicola Sloane
as Brothel Madame
Sonya Cullingford
as Striptease Artist
Jake Graf
as Henri
Victoria Emslie
as Gallery Employee
Philip Arditti
as Dr. McBride
Clare Fettarappa
as Receptionist
Raphael Acloque
as Man in Park #1
Alexander Devrient
as Man in Park #2
Cosima Shaw
as Hospital Receptionis...
Aisha Fabienne Ross
as Shop Assistant #1
Holly Weston
as Shop Assistant #2
Eleanor Hafner
as Shop Assistant #3
Maya Lindh
as Shop Assistant #4
Rebecca Clay
as Sent Customer
Erich Redman
as Concierge
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News & Interviews for The Danish Girl

Critic Reviews for The Danish Girl

All Critics (201) | Top Critics (38)

Based on a novel, not a biography, is aimed at a mainstream arthouse audience... as an extraordinary love story, not a polemic on sexual politics. Read that way, it is a triumphant success.

Full Review… | April 28, 2016
New Zealand Herald

The Danish Girl is the cinematic equivalent of a half-hearted shrug, the movie version of a really long sigh.

Full Review… | April 26, 2016
Hindustan Times

Being cisgender doesn't disqualify you from making a movie about transgender subjects, but maybe being incompetent should.

Full Review… | April 13, 2016

Although Tom Hooper's film is ostensibly about Lili Elbe (nee Einar Wegener), it's Alicia Vikander as Elbe's spouse Gerda whose star rises ever higher here.

Full Review… | April 9, 2016

Vikander ... brings real empathy to her role as Gerda -- a woman who supports Lili through her traumatic and painful journey.

Full Review… | April 6, 2016
South China Morning Post

Vikander is just as captivating - if not more - as an incredibly loyal and devoted wife who is forced to watch the husband that she knew transform and slowly slip away from her grasp, which comes with its own emotions and challenges.

Full Review… | March 31, 2016

Audience Reviews for The Danish Girl


"The Danish Girl" is a beautiful film with good intentions, but it fails to appreciate the complexity of the issues tackled. In a strangely tone-deaf approach, Einar/Lili's transgender identity is portrayed almost as a fetish -- something that emerges as the result of trying on a dress in a juvenile prank. Surely the transgender community and the audience deserve more than that hogwash! Efforts are made later in the film to make the identity issue more deep-seated, but they are meager and fail to revise the initial impression. This is a substantial failing for a film ostensibly driven by some of the primary stresses surrounding gender identity. The film gets better in the last half and winds up being quite touching once we accept there's more to it than just a cross-dressing fetish.

Despite the directorial problems, the firm has fine cinematography, costumes and sound. Vikander is wonderful, but Radmayne is too simple to convey the depth of emotions that must be antagonizing his character.

Christian C

Super Reviewer


Hooper is a desperate award hunter who never takes risks even with this kind of material in his hands, trying so hard to make it all wholesome and palatable for a mainstream audience that he even includes a martyr wife who stays beside her husband till the end no matter what.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

"The Danish Girl" follows Ina as he and his wife are both painters. His wife Gerta, who is much more acclaimed, is on the verge of being seen by great companies, as she deals with her husband slowly wanting to become a woman. Over the years, she drew him as a woman for her portraits, and one day it just clicked. Based on the true story, it is always hard to criticize the events, but when your film solely relies on the dramatic heft over some of the very important details, it will suffer greatly. There were many elements, mainly due to the script itself, that felt very emotionally charged with not enough explanation to make you fully understand what the characters are going through. Tom Hooper directs this film, and while he does a fantastic job and the cinematography is incredible, the substance did not pay off in the way I believe it should have. In the end, this is a very interesting true story that should have had much more dialogue to explain some of the actions of the characters. Sometimes you need to say a little more. In the end, it is a fine film with what should have been a dramatically effective ending, that I was not connected to at all, due to its odd pacing and underdeveloped story. "The Danish Girl" is really just Oscar bait, but the performances I will admit are magnificent! Well cast!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

The Danish Girl Quotes

Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe: I can feel myself getting better when I listen to your pencil. You've always sketched me better than I was. But what you draw, I become. You made me beautiful. And now you're making me strong. Such power in you.
– Submitted by Lydia L (44 days ago)
Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe: I think Lili's thoughts, I dream her dreams. She was always there.
– Submitted by Mary M (4 months ago)
Hans Axgil: I've only liked a handful of people in my life, and you've been two of them.
– Submitted by Brandon M (5 months ago)

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