The Danish Girl

I often have slightly off-beat taste in movies.  The Danish Girl is one of those movies that appealed to me strongly.  It has been banned in most Muslim countries on grounds of moral depravity.


The Danish Girl is a British biographical drama made last year (2015), directed by Tom Hooper, based on the eponymous novel by David Ebershoff.  It is a fictionalised account of a true story, inspired by the lives of two Danish painters, Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener.  I am not sure why the fictionalised account.  The real story is superb and able to be recreated for movies.

Eddie Redmayne is the main character, Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe, and he delivers a heartwrenching performance.  Alicia Vikander stars as Gerda Wegener, Matthias Schoenaerts as Hans Axgil and Ben Whishaw as Henrik.

Despite its historical inaccuracies it is still a great movie.  I give it 8/10, which would have gone up to full marks if it had been an accurate retelling of the story of one of the earliest known sex-change operations.




About moirads

Clergy person, theatre and music lover, avid reader, foodie. Basically, I write about what I do, where I go and things I love (or hate).
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