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1,715 Ratings

The Danish Girl

Directed by Tom Hooper
United Kingdom, United States, 2015
Biography, Drama


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.

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The Danish Girl Directed by Tom Hooper

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2016 | 3 nominations including: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

2016 | Winner: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

European Film Awards

2016 | Nominee: Audience Award

New York Film Critics

2015 | Winner: Breakthrough Performance

Tom Hooper knows that eyes are important in cinema, so he has directed the actors in The Danish Girl to search the corners of rooms with their glances like they can’t find their keys or a mouse just ran by. He makes them doll-like, ventriloquist’s dummies, and when they talk to each other they converse in need-speak, like they are explaining which line to get into at the DMV.
February 25, 2016
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Does it matter that the film is visually dead? Do we care that Hooper does nothing with the camera except point it at the actors? Probably not; style would only get in the way here. The performances are a different matter. Eddie Redmayne (as Einar/Lili) and Alicia Vikander (as Einar’s wife Greta) are both Oscar-nominated – yet both seem grotesque, in different ways.
February 01, 2016
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The film’s biggest problem is Redmayne’s performance. It is a very physical rendering: the emphasis is on Einar learning how to be Lili, and Redmayne nicely captures Einar’s study of a certain stylised female body language, with every tilt of his head and turn of his ankle. But he also overdoes it… Redmayne lays it on with a pearl-handled trowel, relentlessly working the toothy grins and coy averted gazes; you almost expect him to whip out a fan to flutter his eyelashes behind.
January 03, 2016
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What are people saying?

  • Thomas's rating of the film The Danish Girl

    Vikander's performance deserves a four star rating, I thought she carried this film as the long-suffering saintly wife with a whole host of complexities and challenges, at odds with herself personally as well as within society. They make a pretty couple and indeed the whole film is a visual treat, with the colour palette and design mirroring that of the style of paintings and architecture the period depicts.

  • Palmat's rating of the film The Danish Girl

    A good movie with fine performances all around with a current subject matter of considerable importance. Because of that it is a shame that the movie left me quite uninvolved due to some haphazard writing where character development felt unfinished. I would like to have learnt more about Einar/Lili and Gerdas relationship than what the movie offers.

  • HenriqueA's rating of the film The Danish Girl

    While the filmmakers were caught up in chopping up the original true story to an oscar bait and Redmayne was annoyingly trying to make every moment a small catharsis, Vikander stole the movie and kept my interest in The Danish Girl.

  • ig_____or's rating of the film The Danish Girl

    Eddie Redmayne is beautiful, Alicia Vikander is beautiful, the clothes, sets, paintings, streets and compositions are all beautiful... and yet only the very last minutes really had some sort of impact on an emotional level. I think the whole thing was too glammed up, almost dissolving the real struggle and complex feelings within Lili into a role-playing game that suddenly became too real.

  • Material Salva+ion's rating of the film The Danish Girl

    It had all the ingredients to succeed from good actors to stunning photography and mostly an incredible real story to tell. Instead, Hooper delivers it unconvincingly. The characters felt flat, the style too academic and the narrative rather unfocused. The subject deserved way more articulacy and expressiveness channeling the internal struggle and proccess of self-discovery.

  • Daniel Roque's rating of the film The Danish Girl

    Much like in The Theory of Everything, Eddie Redmayne strikes again in an outstanding performance of a non-fictional person in a heavily romanticized biopic lacking some rough veracity. The cast devotion to those characters is praiseworthy, as the beautiful cinematography of Wegener's studio and Europe in the 1920s. Sorry Alicia Vikander, but Eddie is prettier than you.

  • msmichel's rating of the film The Danish Girl

    There's something lacking in this adaptation of the Ebershoff novel but no blame lies in the actor's hands. Redmayne captures Einar/Lili perfectly but its Vikander who provides the more dynamic turn here. Hooper's direction is far too safe and pic could have been far more powerful in the hands of a director willing to push the envelope. One thing tragically missing is the development of the Henrik/Lili relationship.

  • josé neves's rating of the film The Danish Girl

    An old Portuguese aphorism says "who wants everything, loses everything" but it turns out, in this brave obvious world, that "who displays all, wins all", for Eddie Redmayne could not be more expository and demonstrative in his composition-for-premium that, even so, much praise has assured him. The film is a soporific ersatz.

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