The Danish Girl, a cinematic landmark
Greatly acclaimed by the audience when it was released, The Danish Girl relates the remarkable, yet epic love story between two artists, Gerda Wegener and her husband Einar Wegener. Also called Lili Elbe, the danish artist Einar is known as the first person who went through a gender reassignment operation in 1930. Two sentimental characters with very strong and complicated personalities are very attaching as well.
Copenhagen, early 1920's, in the immense art-dedicated apartment where the couple spends most of its time, the brilliant painter Gerda started to represent her husband as a lady. When her all-powerful paintings gained popularity, Einar had just begun to transform his appearance into a woman. His feminity, his passion for elegance, refinement and delicacy are revealed, day after day, to give birth, a few months later to Lili Elbe. Becoming aware of his true identity, Einar finally gave up on his pretended passion, the painting. Supported by his wife, he finally found the courage to be himself, in a still extremely conservative society.
Gerda's talent and success brought the couple to Paris where several unexpected encounters and events transformed their powerful love romance forever.
From the very first scenes until the end, The Danish Girl is deeply moving, melancholic, touching, and above all, incredibly aesthetic. Throughout the story, spectators are transported in another period of time, another place. The details are meticulously represented, musics are grandiose, the costumes are magnificent and the actors, Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander, are absolutely remarkable. The young actress recently received a well-deserved Oscar for her breath-taking role she plays in the movie.
The colorful paintings contrasting with the apartment's grey-ish walls are no coincidence. Indeed, the whole story is also a beautiful lesson on how to find courage, the courage to be yourself, to find hope when everything around you turns grey.
And... That's it !