The Danish Girl: A legendary lady in the making
The Danish Girl
Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard
Director: Tom Hooper
Reviewer: Javier Encalada
TRANSGENDER people still struggle today in many ways: first to understand themselves, then to seek the support and love they deserve, and to find a place in society where they can just be.
But what about the very first person who travelled that road in life?
Lili Ilse Elvenes, better known as Lili Elbe, was a Danish transgender woman and one of the first identifiable recipients of sex reassignment surgery.
Elbe was born Einar Magnus Andreas Wegener and was a successful artist under that name.
The Danish Girl is set in Copenhagen, early 1920s.
Danish artist, Gerda Wegener, painted her own husband, Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne), as a lady in her painting. When the painting gained popularity, Einar started to change his appearance into a female and named himself Lili Elbe.
With Gerda's support, Einar attempted first-ever male to female sex reassignment surgery, a decision that turned into a massive change for their marriage.
Besides the fantastic cinematography, direction and acting, the main problem with this film is that The Danish Girl has very little resemblance to the original story.
The movie is based on the novel The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff, which is a fictionalised account of the life of Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe, not an actual biography.
The author changed so many elements of Einar Wegener's story that the characters in the book are entirely fictional.
No other character in the novel has any relation to an actual person, living or dead.