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The Danish Girl 🎬 a movie review β€οΈ

February 5, 2016

This is a story of love, unconditional caring and deep affection for another human being. Of accepting the person you love in every which way. It’s a story about strength, of determination and acceptance of difference.


The Movie –

The Danish Girl stars Eddie Redmayne who took on the role of Lili Elbe in the fictionalised biopic of the transgender artist’s life.

Einar before becoming Lili

Lili Elbe was a Danish transgender woman and one of the first identifiable recipients of sex change surgery. Lili Elbe was born Einar Magnus Andreas Wegener in 1882 and was a successful artist under that name. She was publicly introduced as Einar’s sister. After transitioning, however, she made a legal name change to Lili Ilse Elvenes and stopped painting.

The real Lili


The movie follows the life of Einar’s transition from happily married and successful artist, to the worlds first sex change transgender. A story of battles and courage in an era when anything different from the normal was seen as an illness. 

Elbe’s wife Gerda Gottlieb is an extremely strong and accepting character, who despite the disapproval around her, accepts her husband for who he is.

I was shocked, saddened and felt true compassion for both Gerda and Lili in this wonderfully thought provoking movie. 

We live in a world today where acceptance of change and of difference is almost normal, but just 90years ago, even in western Europe this was not the case. 

However the world we live in today is still not as accepting as we would hope, I read recently that one country has decided not to allow the screening of The Danish Girl because of the subject matter.

Homosexuality and being a transgender was not acceptable 90 years ago, it was seen as an illness, a mental disorder even. But despite this we see how Lili, with the support of her wife, do their best to overcome these issues. 


I would most definitely recommend this movie if you have not seen it yet. Brilliant performances and an eye opening, touching and great love story. Beautiful scenery, gorgeous costumes and Copenhagen is now on the top of my list of places to see!  β€οΈ

Both Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander (who plays Gerda extremely well) have been nominated for Oscars this year, I really hope they win. xxx

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  1. Great review – I’ve yet to see is but would love to. Sounds very touching and very pertinent to our times too

    • Thank you so much! Yes it is definitely pertinent to our times. A very thought provoking movie indeed. xxxx

  2. Sarahgee permalink

    I agree entirely, interesting to read the background to the film, it definitely is one of those films that stays with you xx

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