The Danish Girl is a biopic-drama starring Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander, inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. The film follows how Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer. Directed by Tom Hooper, known for his Oscar winning The King’s Speech, the film is adapted from David Ebershoff’s novel of the same name.
The Danish Girl released in the US on 27 November and will be released in the UK 1 January.
Lou Lumenick, New York Post
“It’s a remarkable and timely story, handled with taste, sensitivity and visual flair by director Tom Hooper (the Oscar-winning ‘The King’s Speech’). Redmayne, stepping into a role once intended for Nicole Kidman, makes an ideal and quite striking-looking Lily. The actor makes her so plight heart-wrenching that it may quiet the controversy over whether a transsexual actor should have been cast in the part. Redmayne is so astonishingly good that he well may join Spencer Tracy and Tom Hanks as the only two back-to-back winners of the Best Actor Oscar.”
David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
“Aside from saturation use of Alexandre Desplat’s lush score, Hooper avoids the lumbering, overemphatic qualities that made his Les Miserables such a snore. One might have wished for a more adventurous approach to this moving story, particularly at a time when transgender representation has taken over from gay rights as the next equality frontier. On the other hand, maybe the film’s conventionality is exactly what’s needed at this time to enlighten mainstream audiences on transgender issues?”
Roger Moore, Movie Nation
“It’s not a mistake to call Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne’s appearance as ‘The Danish Girl’ a stunt … But the thin and dainty Redmayne was perfect for the part. He makes the Danish painter Einar Wegener, born a man ‘but I feel like a woman, inside,’ both very real and quite sympathetic. As much as transgender is in the zeitgeist today, when Wegener came to this conclusion, in 1920s Copenhagen, the world didn’t have a name for what he felt, much less a sympathy for his ‘malady.’ So director Tom Hooper makes ‘The Danish Girl’ both a history lesson, and a grasping attempt to get inside Einar’s head, to explain this phenomenon.”
Clayton Davis, Awards Circuit
“With the transgender movement heavily in the media with figures like Caitlyn Jenner, and countless others heading the conversation, a film like Tom Hooper‘s ‘The Danish Girl’ feels vibrantly relevant in today’s cinematic climate. Spearheaded by two powerhouse performances from Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander, ‘The Danish Girl’ is a luscious and gorgeously crafted piece, invigorating the soul with its conveying message of freedom and love.”
Peter Debruge, Variety
“For an actor, there can be few more enticing — or challenging — roles than this, in which the nature of identity, performance and transformation are all wrapped up in the very fabric of the character itself, and Redmayne gives the greatest performance of his career so far, infinitely more intimate — and far less technical — than the already stunning turn as Stephen Hawking that so recently won him the Oscar.”