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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Gerda
... Lili
Tusse Silberg ... Older Woman
... Rasmussen
... Ulla
... Elsa
Henry Pettigrew ... Niels
... Man at Window
Peter Krag ... Stage Doorman
Angela Curran ... Dresser
Pixie ... Hvappe
Richard Dixon ... Fonnesbech
... Henrik
... Dr. Hexler
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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22 January 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La chica danesa  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$187,318, 29 November 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,706,393, 27 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 »

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Rasmussen's Pince-nez have a modern anti reflective coating on them which is visible in the art gallery scenes. The ARC had not been available during this time period. 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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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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Solid acting and great cinematography
28 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

Though it is nominated for 4 Oscars I wasn't looking forward to seeing it. The Danish Girl seemed like the typical arty-farty Oscar fare on paper but fortunately it was better than that. The best part of the film is the acting. Eddy Redmane does a great job but I was most surprised by Alicia Vikander. She almost steals the movie though she only has a supporting role. Mattias Schoenaerts is also in it with a supporting role and I must say: that man can do just about any language and accent and make it sound completely natural. The story was not that interesting to me and is somewhat of a typical subject matter for Oscar movies (that is movies about some sort of misunderstood minority and who was the first to start the revolution if you will). That being said, it is a very good movie, superb acting but on the other hand I don't consider this a must see.


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