“I love you, because you are the only person who made sense of me. And made me, possible. “
- What is this movie about?
A fictitious love story loosely inspired by the lives of Danish artists Einar Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Their marriage would have a rough path once Einar starts being Lili and becoming the first transgender in history…
- Why should you watch it?
When I watched the trailer I thought: this movie is promising! Besides having two great actors in the leading roles, the story was really interesting. After watching it, I must say, the story wasn’t that interesting, but the leading roles did indeed gain my full attention, specially her.
We know how the story is going to end, so that might be a bit of downfall of the movie, but it’s not its fault, the story is what it is, nothing more, nothing else. And the way that it is told is not bad at all, maybe a bit slow but still acceptable as it is a story where some details are good to explain to the audience meanwhile others could be skipped, but still not an easy task.
The best thing in this movie is Alicia Vikander. She is THE movie. Although Eddie Redmayne is the he/she, she is the one keeping the movie going on. Her performance as the wife is brilliant, you can feel her pain, her resentment, her joy and her support all over the movie (no wonder is getting nominations for this performance and I bet an Oscar’s one is on tis way too). As for Eddie, yes he is a great actor, but sometimes I feel that his performance is overworked, kind of exaggerated, instead of something natural.
Still, is an interesting movie to get to know that time period and what it implied this gender change. Worth a look (just to see Alicia, that’s it).
- Did you know?
– Filming for the 186 scenes took place for a total of 44 days in five countries (England, Denmark, Belgium, Germany, France and Norway). Shooting happened even on Sundays and finished on Easter 2015.
– The film has inspired more research into the period, and brought attention to Elbe and to Gerda Wegener, who will be the subject of a big art exhibition in their native Copenhagen, Denmark.
– The real-life details of Einar Wegener were hard to track down for both the author of the book and the crew of the film. Her native country of Denmark didn’t have records and while there had been medical records in Dresden’s women’s hospital, nothing remained after WWII. There were brief newspaper items, memoirs of the Wegeners’ friends and accounts of some surgeries in those days.
– The paintings in the film were done by the film’s production designer Eve Stewart and British artist Susannah Brough. The film’s paintings weren’t exact replicas of Gerda Wegener’s work, they had to be to adapted because they didn’t look like Eddie Redmayne. The original portrait of ballerina Ulla Poulsen Skou, was also altered to resemble Amber Heard’s face.
– Although the film is set in Denmark and features Danish characters, nobody in the cast is Danish and the language is never spoken in the film. The characters speak English with a British accent in all the countries portrayed in the film (Denmark, France and Germany).