The Danish Girl (2015)
Drama loosely based on the lives of Gerda Wegener and Lili Elbe. Starring Eddie Redmayne as Einar Wegener / Lili Elbe and Alicia Vikander as Gerda Wegener.
I have literally been trying to write a brief plot summary for an hour now and just gave up. I don't think that any summary I can write can give justice to The Danish Girl. I probably am still under its spell as we've seen it Friday and I cannot stop thinking about it.
I think it was a fantastically beautiful film. I'd say the story was ground-breaking and unique - but then I remember that it was loosely based on the dairy of a very much living, breathing and working artist in the 20s who has undergone all a change that was unheard of at that time. How crazy is that?
I suppose what got me the most is how emotionally powerful this film was. It's captivating, it's raw and I spent the last hour of it fighting back tears (and crying my eyes out in the last 15 minutes and well after the film ended).
Everything about The Danish Girl is just perfect. Alicia Vikander as Gerda was just something else - I have this feeling that this film was not really about Einar's transition into Lili but about his wife's struggle? Journey? Love she had for him/her? All of it, really. Thinking about it makes me teary-eyed. Alicia Vikander was fantastic and stunning.
Eddie Redmayne as Lili was just unbelievable - he didn't seem to be playing a woman, he was a woman. How does he do that? How does he become these people? How? (The answer to that is that he is an exceptionally talented actor, but the question remains... HOW?!)
Also let us mention the wonderful cinematography. Every single frame in the film is just a mesmerizing, beautifully composed picture.
I don't know what else to say other than that I hope you will go and see The Danish Girl. And to end this post on a funny note, I hope The Danish Girl will win all the awards - Eddie Redmayne does definitely deserve another Oscar (and that is why Leo will get it. Pff.).
Have you seen it? If you have, please let me know what you thought about it in the comments.