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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 & 77 nominations. See more awards »

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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 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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Find the courage to be yourself. See more »


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

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Trivia

Many details of Einar Wegener's life were hard for both the author of the book and the crew of the film to track down. Denmark didn't have records. Dresden's women's hospital had medical records, but nothing remained after WWII. They found brief newspaper items, memoirs of the Wegeners' friends, and accounts of some similar surgeries in those days. 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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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 »

Connections

Featured in Half in the Bag: The 2016 Oscars (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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Perhaps a little too sophisticated
22 December 2016 | by areatwSee all my reviews

'The Danish Girl' is an extremely well made film with two outstanding lead performances from Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander. Everything about the film has a sophisticated, elegant feel, from the constume design to the atmosphere and cinematography. This is a classy film.

Although, in a way, this is to the film's detriment. The story is almost told with a mask on, it's difficult to see beyond the flawless surface and connect emotionally with the film. Everything is too nicey nicey, each scene is so perfectly crafted that it almost distracts you from what's actually happening in the film.

This is a very good film, but it could have been an excellent one, had it made more of an emotional connection with the audience.


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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:

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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