“The Danish Girl”

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0025192324598_p0_v3_s118x184.jpg Based on the lives of Danish artists Gerda and Einar Wegener, “The Danish Girl” is a moving, if not entirely accurate, account of the first sex change operation.

Eddie Redmayne gives a moving portrayal of Einar Wegener, who begins to doubt his male sexuality.  Eventually, he creates an alternate persona Lilly and ultimately can only live as Lilly.  His understanding, loving wife, Alicia Vikander, mourns the loss of Einar but comes to support her husband’s need to be a woman.

Directed by Tom Hooper, “The King’s Speech,” critics felt the movie played fast and loose with the facts and failed in its portrayal of this story.  In spite of this criticism, critics applauded the performances of Redmayne and Vikander.  Redmayne’s transformation from Einar to Lilly definitely makes this an important movie.

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