Saturday, January 23, 2016

Movies: The Danish Girl

(Drivebycuriosity) - Nature likes to play games. Lili Elbe is the victim of nature´s indetermination. She is born as a man, named Einar, but slowly she is discovering her female identity. Einar begins to transform into Lili with the inspiration and assistance of his/her wife Gerda. The movie "The Danish Girl" narrates this transformation process (imdb). The biographical drama, set in Europe in the 1920s, is in the same league with Amazon´s "Transparent" and Ozon`s "The New Girl Friend" (driveby) but with a nostalgic touch (this is a spoiler free blog).

Director Tom Hooper, David Ebershof, the author of the novel, and screenwriter Lucinda Coxon developed a fine drama with a lot of psychology. "The Danish Girl" describes in a subtile way  the bewilderments and social challenges Einar/Lili experienced on the transformation process. I was enthralled by the plot and really cared about Lili & Gerda. Cinematographer Danny Cohen transformed the plot into beautiful pictures and my wife enjoyed Lili`s costumes.

Eddie Redmayne impersonated convincingly the transformation from Einar into Lili and really   deserves his Oscar nomination. Alicai Vikander impressed as his/her wife and I also enjoyed the performances of Ben Wishaw & Matthias Schoenaerts.

 "The Danish Girl" is highly recommended.

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