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The Danish Girl (2015)

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A fictitious love story loosely inspired by the lives of Danish 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.

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Tusse Silberg ...
Older Woman
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Rasmussen
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Elsa
Henry Pettigrew ...
Niels
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Man at Window
Peter Krag ...
Stage Doorman
Angela Curran ...
Dresser
Pixie ...
Hvappe (Dog)
Richard Dixon ...
Fonnesbech
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Dr. Hexler
Paul Bigley ...
Man in Gallery
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Storyline

Copenhagen, 1926. Danish artist, Gerda Wegener, painted her own husband, Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne), as a lady in her painting. When the painting gained popularity, Einar started to change his appearance into a female appearance and named himself Lili Elbe. With his feminism passion and Gerda's support, Einar - or Elbe - attempted one of the first male-to-female sex reassignment surgery, a decision that turned into a massive change for their marriage, that Gerda realized her own husband is no longer a man or the person she married before. A childhood friend of Einar, art-dealer Hans Axgil (Matthias Schoenaerts), shows up and starts a complex love triangle with the couple. Written by Gusde

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Find the courage to be yourself. See more »


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Rated R for some sexuality and full nudity | See all certifications »

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22 January 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La chica danesa  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$187,318 (USA) (27 November 2015)

Gross:

$12,706,393 (USA) (25 March 2016)
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Trivia

Although the film is set in Denmark and features Danish characters, nobody in the main cast is Danish and the language is never spoken in the film. The characters speak English with a British accent in all the countries portrayed in the film (Denmark, France and Germany). See more »

Goofs

When Gerda and Hans meet in the gallery is clearly visible a modern orange alarm. See more »

Quotes

Einar Wegener: I love you, because you are the only person who made sense of me. And made me, possible.
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Connections

Referenced in Tosh.0: Tree Fall Kid (2016) See more »

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Roses of Picardy
by Frederick Edward Weatherly (as Frederick E. Weatherly) and Haydn Wood (as Haynd Wood)
Performed by Marie-Christine Desplat (as Marie-Christine "Kiki" Desplat), Sylvette Claudet, Shona Taylor, Nathalie Renault, and Claude Jeantet
Arranged by Marie-Christine Desplat (as Marie-Christine "Kiki" Desplat)
Courtesy of Certains L'Aiment Chaud
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Touching and destabilizing
6 September 2015 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

I honestly found this movie very touching and delicate. It is delicate in the way it treats difficult subjects as sexuality and the discovery of one's identity in an hostile period. The fact that it is a true story makes the whole movie even more involving.

I don't think the film is perfect - but the acting, cinematography, the screenplay are absolutely amazing. I especially loved the middle part - where all the characters try to find a way out of the problem and when for the first time they seem to be facing a fracture between them.

I thought it had a great power on people even though it doesn't seem to have had the effect I was expecting (at least during the premiere in Venice).

Eddie Redmayne hasn't had enough of his Oscar and I wish him all the best for 2016!


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