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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tusse Silberg ...
Older Woman
Henry Pettigrew ...
Man at Window
Peter Krag ...
Stage Doorman
Angela Curran ...
Pixie ...
Richard Dixon ...
Dr. Hexler
Paul Bigley ...
Man in Gallery


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

22 January 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La chica danesa  »

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Filming for the 186 scenes took place for a total of 44 days in six countries (England, Denmark, Belgium, Germany, France and Norway). Shooting happened even on Sundays and finished on Easter 2015. See more »


Twice in the film, where they are living in Paris, the shot cuts from indoors to outdoors, both times clearly showing the famous Marble Church in Copenhagen (not Paris) See more »


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

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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