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The Danish Girl

  • Drama
  • Romance
  • 2015
  • Tom Hooper
  • 115 mins
  • 15

Summary

Oscar-winning biographical drama starring Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander. Copenhagen in the 1920s: Einar and Gerda Wegener are artists who enjoy a happy married and professional life. When Gerda asks her husband to pose in women's clothing to help her finish a portrait, it sets Einar on a personal voyage of discovery that will have a profound effect on both their lives.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

The story of how Danish landscape painter Einar Wegener became a woman named Lili Elbe is the focus of this tasteful, no doubt sanitised yet emotionally powerful biopic from Tom Hooper Les Misérables. Eddie Redayne gets top billing as Wegener, but the story is more focused on his artist wife, Gerda, played by Alicia Vikander. It begins innocently in 1920s Copenhagen, with Gerda asking her husband to pose in women's stockings to enable her to finish a portrait she is painting. Wegener is intrigued and begins to experiment with cross-dressing, giving his female alter ego a whole new name and identity. Gerda encourages him, and, though the transition is painful for her, the artist becomes inspired, causing a storm in the art world with her paintings of this mysterious muse. But how far is Wegener prepared to go? The facts might be moot, but Vikander is sensational in that rarest of things: a love story about a woman who finds her inner strength while letting go.

Credits

Cast

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Einar Wegener / Lili ElbeEddie Redmayne
Gerda WegenerAlicia Vikander
HenrikBen Whishaw
WarnekrosSebastian Koch
UllaAmber Heard
HansMatthias Schoenaerts
ElsaEmerald Fennell
NielsHenry Pettigrew
FonnesbechRichard Dixon
Dr HexlerPip Torrens
RasmussenAdrian Schiller

Crew

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DirectorTom Hooper

Details

Theatrical distributor
Universal
Released on
2016-01-01
Languages
English | German | French
Guidance
Sex scenes.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

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