January 16th, 2016.
I had seen the seek peak trailers and the full trailer for this film before it was released and I was absolutely adamant I was off to see this film. The Danish Girl is a biographical drama film which is loosely based on the lives of Einar Wegener & Gerda Wegener, who were danish partners living in Hamberg.
Gerda Wegener was married to a man called Einar Wegener, who becomes Lili Elbe. Einar and Gerda were painters, both different types of painters, but when Gerda asks Einar to pose in a painting of a ballet dance for her as a stand in, Einar agrees (although seeming reluctant) but it is this moment where Einars feelings towards his identity change. From a young age it would appear that Einar had been aware of “Lili” but he never acted upon it and got married like the stereotypical life style that was expected of him. He suppressed the feelings of Lili, but it was clear who played the male role figure in Gerda and Einars relationship.. It was Gerda. Einar was always described as beautiful by his wife and she saw him as such a beautiful person that when “Lili” first came about she saw it as some kind of game, since Einar made a pretty woman when dressed up.
Gerda did not realise how wrong she was though, this was no game, especially not to Einar. Einar felt more himself when he was Lili then when he was Einar which for him confirmed the fact that he was trapped in the wrong body. This is called Transsexuality. Transsexuality is the idea of a feminine essence which refers to the proposal of male-to-female transsexuals which are females trapped in male bodies. This is how Einar felt and he is the first person to have ever gone through with the sex reassignment surgery.
Now, I wont carry on with telling you anymore of the film, because I do not want to ruin it for people who want to go see it, I just want to leave you my review;
The Danish Girl touches upon such serious issues that many people would have and even now struggle with. Admitting to yourself and your loved ones that you feel you’re trapped in the wrong body must feel so confusing and upsetting for someone, Einar only had his wife. But, she is so strong and stands by him through the thick of everything and Gerda is an absolute inspiration for anyone. I absolutely love how they directed and made this film, it brought tears and laughter and I am so pleased I went to see it. Eddie Redmayne (Einar/Lili) and Alicia Vikander (Gerda) play the parts in the film brilliantly! I loved this film to pieces, as I feel it just touches upon such a sensitive topic that people today may still find hard to talk about and explore if they are feeling this way. Great film. 10/10
With love, Charlotte x