TIFF 2015: The Danish Girl Is Beautiful and Immeasurably Moving 

click to enlarge Eddie Redmayne is The Danish Girl.
  • Eddie Redmayne is The Danish Girl.


There is so much I want to share about The Danish Girl, the most beautiful film of the year, but I'm hesitant to give too much away. I will say it's immeasurably moving and unlike any other experience you'll have at the movies this year. The Danish Girl opens nationwide at Christmastime, so between now and then, prepare yourself to be emotionally wrecked by the film's heartbreak.

You may already know the star of the movie is this year's Best Actor Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything). In The Danish Girl, which is set in the early 1900s, Redmayne plays Lili Elbe, who lived much of her life as accomplished Danish artist Einar Wegener and was married to equally skilled illustrator Gerda (played by Alicia Vikander).

I can't imagine another actor in the role of Lili/Einar than Redmayne, which is about the highest compliment I can offer. Redmayne is stunning in this true story of extreme complexity, as is Vikander. Together, they are the best bets for Oscar gold.

The Danish Girl is tender and timely, even though Lili/Einar's story is nearly a century old. You must see this delicate controversial film.


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