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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.

Director:

Tom Hooper

Writers:

Lucinda Coxon (screenplay), David Ebershoff (book)
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 31 wins & 76 nominations. See more awards »

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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 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

Nicole Kidman was originally cast as Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe and would also produce the film. She considered this a passion project for years, and at one point considered to direct herself, following difficulties with finding a director and financier. Kidman never gave up on the project, but in 2014, Tom Hooper came on board and decided to cast Eddie Redmayne instead. Tom Hooper read the script for the first time in 2008 (when it was Kidman's project); in 2012 he showed the script to Eddie Redmayne while they were shooting Les Misérables (2012) and cast him as the lead. Hooper and Redmayne were officially announced in the project in April 2014, although they had been involved in it for 2 years. See more »

Goofs

When Gerda and Hans meet in the gallery, a modern orange alarm is clearly visible. 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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Connections

Referenced in The Making of the Danish Girl (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, Sylvette Claudet, Shona Taylor, Nathalie Renault, and Claude Jeantet
Arranged by Marie-Christine Desplat
Courtesy of Certains L'Aiment Chaud
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Touching and destabilizing
6 September 2015 | by letig1994See 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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Release Date:

22 January 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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