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Movie Review: The Danish Girl

The Danish Girl, like other movies (Dallas Buyers Club and Transparent) portrays the journey, struggles, and discrimination transgender people used to go through and still to this day suffer through. The Danish Girl is a period drama about the life of artist, Einar Wegener, who with the help of his wife goes under the first sex-change operation to become Lili Elbe. Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe it’s played by Academy Award Winner (for his performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything) Eddie Redmayne, his wife, Gerda Wegener, it’s played by Swedish actress Alicia Vikander. The Danish Girl relates to so many people in the LGBTQ community, and everywhere. For people that don’t understand too well what trans people go through, this movie showcases the struggles of people trapped in a body that is not their own and give a better understanding of what trans people go through. Although the medicine world has changed drastically since the 90’s, things that remain the same are the emotional and internal journey of a transgender person. The movie, although it focuses on transgender people it also focuses on sexism and gender roles that were very strict at that time. Both Wegener’s were painters and Einar was always in the spotlight because he was a better painter, only because he was a man; Gerda only begins to have success when she starts painting Lili. The political and medicinal views at that time were ridiculous, in the movie they diagnosed Einar/Lili with mental illnesses and put her through disturbing treatments and in this period of time Einar/Lili could’ve gone to jail for his “state.” The Danish Girl didn’t end with a happy ending because it was a tragic story where a woman had to sacrifice a lot of things to be who she really was, when it shouldn’t had to be like that, it didn’t have a tidy ending because discrimination towards trans people it’s an ongoing issue to this day. The Danish Girl although it was set over 100 years ago it relates more to today’s issues than other movies out now. This movie represents awareness and understanding for trans people, it portrays a positive image of how brave anyone that has gone through this process is, and hopes to make a difference on people’s views about the transgender community.


Nahomy Ortiz