History is not always made in large, bombastic moments. Sometimes it takes one person, in one quiet moment to forever change history.
In the new film, The Danish Girl, Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne) is an acclaimed and respected painter in Copenhagen in the mid 1920’s. At home, Einar’s loyal and loving wife, Gerda (Alicia Vikander) is also an artist, but her career is not as successful as her husband’s. But something is not right with Einar.
Just for fun and because Einar is not a party animal, Gerda encourages her husband to dress in drag and introduce herself as Einar’s cousin, Lili at an artist’s ball. Then things get tricky when Einar begins to disappear and Lili takes hold of his life. Gerda loves her husband, but is confused and torn about her feelings and her husband’s new identity.When Lili has the chance to be the first person to surgically change gender, she takes the chance, despite the dangers.
Will Einar successfully become Lili and will Gerda stay by his side?
This movie is nothing but Oscar bait. Eddie Redmayne is absolutely brilliant. Alicia Vikander breaks your heart. Lili Elbe is an icon and a trendsetter in the transgender community. While Lili’s story is decades old, she continues to speak for the millions of men and women across the globe who are experiencing what she went through.
I absolutely recommend this movie and I would not be surprised if Eddie Redmayne walked away with a second Oscar for his role.
The Danish Girl is presently in theaters.