Waiting to discover this year’s winners in a few days, I’ve been watching a few of the nominated films. What about discussing one of them a day till the Oscars Show on Saturday Night? Here's the first one.
The Danish Girl
Copenhagen, 1926. 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 appearance and named himself Lili Elbe. With his feminism passion and Gerda's support, Einar - or Elbe - attempted one of the first male-to-female sex reassignment surgery, a decision that turned into a massive change for their marriage, that Gerda realized her own husband is no longer a man or the person she married before. A childhood friend of Einar, art-dealer Hans Axgil (Matthias Schoenaerts), shows up and starts a complex love triangle with the couple (from imdb)
I expected a more provoking movie, tough and tragic. I expected a story stirring a strong emotional reaction, highlighting a fight against prejudice and biology, based on blood and suffering. It is, instead, a lyrical account, a delicate portrait which results more bittersweet than tragic.
Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander are touching in their roles, they deliver first-rate performances and would deserve an Oscar. If Redmayne Oscar-winning transformation for “The Theory of Everything” was convincing, his performance as Lili Elbe in "The Danish Girl" is outstanding. But what stayed in my mind, after all, is Gerda’s troubled, painful acceptance of her husband’s choice. He chose, she didn’t. And Alicia Vikander gives shape and substance to all her pain.
The cast includes Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Ben Whishaw, Matthias Schoenaerts and Adrian Schiller.
Director: Tom Hooper
The DVD will be released on 1st March, 2016.
Nominated in 4 categories
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Best Achievement in Costume Design
Best Achievement in Production Design
Eve Stewart (production design)
Michael Standish (set decoration)