Monday, February 15, 2016
The Danish Girl by Tom Hooper, 2015 (R)
with Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ben Whishaw, Sebastian Koch
With support from his loving wife Gerda (Alicia Vikander), artist Einar Wegener/Lili (Eddie Redmayne) prepares to undergo one of the first sex-change operations.
It is sad that the frailty of Lili is performed with too much similarities with Hawking by Redmayne. There was therefor no way to believe that he was Lili and not just another performance of Redmayne. On the other hand, Alicia Vikander (who is everywhere: Ex Machina, U.N.C.L.E., Burnt, The Fifth Estate...) is amazing as a woman who has to evolve ahead of her time in a men's world and has to go through the emotional journey of see her husband transforming into a woman and supporting him through, despite the social convention of the time.