Monday, December 28, 2015

The Danish Girl: Monday, December 21 2015

The Danish Girl is a beautiful film. Based on the novel of the same name by David Ebershoff, it tells the story of the first recipient of sex reassignment surgery. Not being a subject that would grab many people, it is amazing what director Tom Hooper has done with it.

The cinematography by Danny Cohen is fantastic, with each scene looking like a painting. Every use of the camera is a joy to watch. Cohen is a true master of his craft and art. The film is a feast for the eyes.

The direction by Tom Hooper is highly professional and sensitive. What could have been a difficult subject becomes one of the power of love between two people overcoming incredible odds. The chief characters, Einer and Gerda Wegener, are both popular artists in Denmark in the early 1900s. They are happily married. Einer has struggled all his life with feeling that he finally acknowledges. He feels more like a woman than a man. Gerda accompanies him on his psychological journey towards finding his true self, as does the audience. The film is not strictly accurate to the real story of Lili Elbe, but that hardly matters in the production of this artistic masterpiece.

Eddie Redmayne plays his part with such depth and delicacy it is impossible not to feel for him. We are drawn into a relationship with a very real person, and moved by what is happening. Alicia Vikander as Gerda is perfect. She too, creates a living person with whom we can identify. Her understanding for her husband is touching. Surely Eddie Redmayne will be nominated for an Oscar. He is an impressive actor!

The Danish Girl is a must see! It is beautiful, entertaining, deeply moving and thought-provoking.  

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