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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Tom Hooper

Writers:

Lucinda Coxon (screenplay), David Ebershoff (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alicia Vikander ... Gerda
Eddie Redmayne ... Lili
Tusse Silberg Tusse Silberg ... Older Woman
Adrian Schiller ... Rasmussen
Amber Heard ... Ulla
Emerald Fennell ... Elsa
Henry Pettigrew ... Niels
Claus Bue ... Man at Window
Peter Krag Peter Krag ... Stage Doorman
Angela Curran Angela Curran ... Dresser
Pixie Pixie ... Hvappe
Richard Dixon ... Fonnesbech
Ben Whishaw ... Henrik
Pip Torrens ... Dr. Hexler
Paul Bigley Paul Bigley ... Man in Gallery

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Storyline

Copenhagen, Denmark, 1926. Einar Wegener (played by Eddie Redmayne) and his wife Gerda (Alicia Vikander) are a happily married couple. Both are artists, Einar preferring landscapes and she portraits. One day Einar poses for a portrait of Gerda's while wearing a dress. This is initially done as a lark, as is the later attendance at a party dressed as a woman. However, Einar soon discovers that she is in fact a woman and over time prefers being Lili. At first she and Gerda try to have her situation "cured" but this leads nowhere (other than to many doctors trying to have Lili locked up as a pervert and/or lunatic). Her voyage of self-discovery will ultimately lead to her undergoing the first ever sex-change operation. Written by grantss

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

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Trivia

Lili's post-transition name was Lili Ilse Elvenes. The name "Lili Elbe" was made up by Copenhagen journalist, Louise (Loulou) Lassen, and is first used in sensationalist Danish newspaper articles as pre-publicity for the publication of the book From Male to Female - Lili Elbe's Confessions (Fra Mand til Kvinde - Lili Elbe Bekendelser) where many of the myths and inaccuracies about Elvenes' life story begin. See more »

Goofs

When Lili meets Henrik for the first time at the dance, Henrik invites Lili to leave. When they are standing at the top of the stairs, Henrik reaches out and takes Lili's right hand to escort her down the stairs. When the shot cuts and returns and they begin to descend, Henrik is holding Lili's left hand. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
American Woman: Don't you wish you could paint like that? Oh, I'm sorry? I said, don't you wish you could paint like your husband? Really. You must be so proud of him. So elegant.
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Crazy Credits

Eddie Redmayne as credited as Lili in final credits, probably respecting the trans identity. He actually plays 2 characters Einar Wegener and Lili Elbe. See more »


Soundtracks

Roses of Picardy
by Frederick Edward Weatherly (as Frederick E. Weatherly) and Haydn Wood (as Haynd Wood)
Performed by Marie-Christine Desplat, Sylvette Claudet, Shona Taylor, Nathalie Renault, and Claude Jeantet
Arranged by Marie-Christine Desplat
Courtesy of Certains L'Aiment Chaud
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Far Too Long & Drawn Out...
21 June 2020 | by XstalSee all my reviews

Fails to stop the viewer losing all interest around 30 minutes in. Perhaps it was the deadpan and expressionless wife, the binary emotions of the husband or the disconnected story - but a tale that should have impacted considerably more considering the subject matter - doesn't come close.


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UK | USA | Germany | Denmark | Belgium | Japan

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

22 January 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Danish Girl See more »

Filming Locations:

Copenhagen, Denmark See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$187,318, 29 November 2015

Gross USA:

$11,114,018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$64,191,523
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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