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.
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as Gerda Wegener
as Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe
as Hans Axgil
as Oola Paulson
as Man at Window
as Stage Doorman
as Dr. Hexler
as Man in Gallery
as Enthusiastic American Woman
as Brothel Madame
as Striptease Artist
as Gallery Employee
as Dr. McBride
as Man in Park #1
as Man in Park #2
as Dr. Mai
as Dr. Buson
as Hospital Receptionist
as Shop Assistant #1
as Shop Assistant #2
as Shop Assistant #3
as Shop Assistant #4
as Sent Customer
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Critic Reviews for The Danish Girl
The Danish Girl oversimplifies Lili's transition. If all she craves are the trappings of femininity, she is missing more than a second x-chromosome. Vikander's complex portrayal of Gerda reveals much more about the essence of being a woman.
Only Vikander's performance elevates it above its pretty surface. Her Gerda tells us a story of a woman desperately in love with a man who's vanished, but whose eyes still gaze at her.
"The Danish Girl" is beautifully shot and tastefully made and acted, but only Vikander seems willing to take chances. Happily, she does.
It is well honed, engaging and accessible, stocked with handsome period piece images of life a century ago, unfailingly mature. And a bit wearisome.
Only when the camera is on Vikander does the film transcend its artifice. In one of the year's best performances, she imbues Gerda with such poignancy and grace that Redmayne all but fades into the background.
Audience Reviews for The Danish Girl
Lili Elbe becomes the first transgender person to undergo sex reassignment surgery, which shakes her marriage to Gerda Wegener. Despite the many talents of Eddie Redmayne, fresh off his Oscar win as Stephen Hawking, Alicia Vikander is the reason to watch this film. She gives a nuanced, remarkable performance, alternately loving Einar unconditionally, then realizing that conditions are a part of life and love. The rest of the plot doesn't do a lot. Most of the plot events are predictable and aren't all that incredibly rendered. Overall, Alicia Vikander won Best Supporting Actress, but she's really a co-protagonist, carrying this film from beginning to end.
"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.
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.
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.|
|Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe:||I think Lili's thoughts, I dream her dreams. She was always there.|
|Hans Axgil:||I've only liked a handful of people in my life, and you've been two of them.|