THE DANISH GIRL

the danish girl

2.5 stars (out of 4)

Released 2015

Based on the true story of Lili Elbe, one of the first patients to undergo sex reassignment surgery, back when the procedure was being pioneered in 1930s Germany.

I would have liked to have seen things more from Einar/Lili’s point of view and to know what was going through her mind. Understandably, that would have been really hard to get across in a visual medium, and instead, the story was told mainly through the eyes of Einar’s wife, Gerda.

Alicia Vikander as the supportive wife was the real star of the show. Her nuanced, Oscar-bait performance truly made the film worth seeing.