DETROIT (WWJ) – “The Danish Girl” is a remarkable love story. It’s a very different love story inspired by the lives of Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener.
The film takes place in 1926 Copenhagen. Renowned artist Einar Wegener is married to Gerda Wegener. They are both painters who enjoy a strong bond and a loving relationship. Everything in their lives begins to change when Gerda asks Einar to pose for a portrait and put on a dress to fill in for a model. Einar obliges and soon begins to realize that he’s more comfortable living as a woman. That’s when he becomes Lili and begins living his life as a woman.
“The Danish Girl” stars Academy Award® winner Eddie Redmayne as Einar and Lili. Redmayne delivers a performance that projects self-confidence, yet vulnerability. Alicia Vikander, who’s perhaps best known for her performance in “Ex Machina,” delivers an equally amazing performance as Einar’s wife-turned-best friend to Lili. Vikander’s Gerda never becomes judgmental or rueful towards Lili.
While the film focuses on Einar’s decision to become Lili and the consequences that ultimately come with that decision, the main focus is on the extraordinary relationship between Lili and Gerda. Under the guidance of Director Tom Hopper, this film is special and deserves to be seen.
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