23 August 2016

”The Danish Girl"

Set in Copenhagen in 1926 we're introduced to Danish artist, Gerda Wegener, who paints her own husband, Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne), as a woman. When the painting gained popularity, Einar started to change his appearance to become more female and renamed himself Lili Elbe.

As his passion for feminism grew, with Gerda's support, Einar - or Elbe - became one of the first men to undergo male-to-female sex reassignment surgery, a decision that not surprisingly had a major impact on their marriage, as Gerda realised that her husband was no longer a man or, indeed, the person she married.

When a childhood friend of Einar, art-dealer Hans Axgil (Matthias Schoenaerts), appeared on the scene, this further complicated the emotional turmoil.