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The Danish Girl (2015)



Critic Consensus: The Danish Girl serves as another showcase for Eddie Redmayne's talent -- and poignantly explores thought-provoking themes with a beautifully filmed biopic drama.

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The remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda's marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili's groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer. -- (C) Focus Features

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Alicia Vikander
as Gerda Wegener
Eddie Redmayne
as Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe, Einar Wegener / Lili Elbe
Amber Heard
as Oola Paulson
Sebastian Koch
as Warnekros
Claus Bue
as Man at Window
Peter Krag
as Stage Doorman
as Hvappe
Richard M. Dixon
as Fonnesbach
Pip Torrens
as Dr. Hexler
Paul Bigley
as Man in Gallery
Nancy Crane
as Enthusiastic American Woman
Nicola Sloane
as Brothel Madame
Sonya Cullingford
as Striptease Artist
Jake Graf
as Henri
Victoria Emslie
as Gallery Employee
Philip Arditti
as Dr. McBride
Clare Fettarappa
as Receptionist
Raphael Acloque
as Man in Park #1
Alexander Devrient
as Man in Park #2
Cosima Shaw
as Hospital Receptionist
Aisha Fabienne Ross
as Shop Assistant #1
Holly Weston
as Shop Assistant #2
Eleanor Hafner
as Shop Assistant #3
Maya Lindh
as Shop Assistant #4
Rebecca Clay
as Sent Customer
Erich Redman
as Concierge
Tusse Silberg
as Older Woman
Adrian Schiller
as Rasmussen
Ole Dupont
as Wealthy Art Collector
Nadia Townsend
as Costumier
Michael Gade Thomsen
as Friend at cafe
Helen Evans
as Ward Nurse 1920's
Paul Kerry
as Stage Hand
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Critic Reviews for The Danish Girl

All Critics (245) | Top Critics (63)

The Danish Girl is, in the end, a beautiful, frustratingly opaque love story that provides only a surface view of Elbe's journey.

February 9, 2021 | Full Review…

A story of self-acceptance and discovery that transcends its historical inaccuracies and allows it to ascend to a level of magnetic emotional resonance.

August 16, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's commendable that Hooper (The King's Speech) has brought Einar Wegener to a multiplex near you... But this restrained, elegant drama seems at odds with its pioneering subject.

February 23, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Vikander delves beneath the surface to explore a truly fascinating woman. And Redmayne is simply wonderful, totally convincing both as Einar and as the "Danish girl" of the film's title.

February 5, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Redmayne's fine bone-china features are prime movers in all of this being convincing but so is his performance, reticent, vulnerable and acutely observed.

January 7, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's a laboured, glossy affair in which the complexity and challenge of Lili's process of becoming are buried under a glaze of sumptuous design and arch acting.

January 3, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Danish Girl

Lili Elbe becomes the first transgender person to undergo sex reassignment surgery, which shakes her marriage to Gerda Wegener. Despite the many talents of Eddie Redmayne, fresh off his Oscar win as Stephen Hawking, Alicia Vikander is the reason to watch this film. She gives a nuanced, remarkable performance, alternately loving Einar unconditionally, then realizing that conditions are a part of life and love. The rest of the plot doesn't do a lot. Most of the plot events are predictable and aren't all that incredibly rendered. Overall, Alicia Vikander won Best Supporting Actress, but she's really a co-protagonist, carrying this film from beginning to end.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


"The Danish Girl" is a beautiful film with good intentions, but it fails to appreciate the complexity of the issues tackled. In a strangely tone-deaf approach, Einar/Lili's transgender identity is portrayed almost as a fetish -- something that emerges as the result of trying on a dress in a juvenile prank. Surely the transgender community and the audience deserve more than that hogwash! Efforts are made later in the film to make the identity issue more deep-seated, but they are meager and fail to revise the initial impression. This is a substantial failing for a film ostensibly driven by some of the primary stresses surrounding gender identity. The film gets better in the last half and winds up being quite touching once we accept there's more to it than just a cross-dressing fetish. Despite the directorial problems, the firm has fine cinematography, costumes and sound. Vikander is wonderful, but Radmayne is too simple to convey the depth of emotions that must be antagonizing his character.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer


Hooper is a desperate award hunter who never takes risks even with this kind of material in his hands, trying so hard to make it all wholesome and palatable for a mainstream audience that he even includes a martyr wife who stays beside her husband till the end no matter what.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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