The Danish Girl

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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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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 Features

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Alicia Vikander
as Gerda Wegener
Eddie Redmayne
as Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe
Amber Heard
as Oola Paulson
Sebastian Koch
as Warnekros
Claus Bue
as Man at Window
Peter Krag
as Stage Doorman
Richard M. Dixon
as Fonnesbach
as Hvappe
Pip Torrens
as Dr. Hexler
Paul Bigley
as Man in Gallery
Nancy Crane
as Enthusiastic American Woman
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 Receptionist
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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  • Eddie Redmayne makes another astounding transformation in The Danish Girl, after his Oscar-winning turn as Stephen Hawking.

    Jan 1, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
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  • The Danish Girl has charm, but not quite passion.

    Dec 31, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Redmayne and Vikander, along with the film's dusky flourishes, allow The Danish Girl to reach beyond the awards it was designed to win.

    Dec 29, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Dec 17, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • "The Danish Girl" is beautifully shot and tastefully made and acted, but only Vikander seems willing to take chances. Happily, she does.

    Dec 17, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Dec 17, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

"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
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
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

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