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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
... 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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Matthias Schoenaerts likes to paint and is also a graffiti artist in real life. In the film, his character Hans is an art-dealer who represents Gerda's portraits of Lili. See more »

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In many of the outdoor scenes, on the streets of Copenhagen, the overhead streetlights that can be seen, were not manufactured and installed until 1977. 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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Great story, good effort, but poor result
9 December 2015 | by See all my reviews

The story could have been very dramatic and deeply touching, as it is a true story of both the internal conflicts of a man and the deep love of a woman to her partner. Unfortunately the meticulous attention to image rather than screenplay (to me) resulted in a quite cold and un- engaging movie, where beautiful costumes, interiors and landscapes are the only highlights. I found that even the acting of the brilliant young Eddie Redmayne was not that good, as his constant smiles and shy blinking eyes after a while seem to be the only stratagem he has to portray such a complex character (and after the first dozen of them I couldn't stand it anymore). A more sophisticated psychological portrait of the main character and a more dramatic rendition of his/her troubled soul would have given more solidity to a movie which seems too superficial.


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