The Danish Girl Movie Info:.
With support from his loving wife Gerda (Alicia Vikander). artist Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne) prepares to undergo one of the first sex-change operations.
Initial release: November 27, 2015 (USA).
Director:. Tom Hooper.
Running time:. 2 hours.
Music composed by:. Alexandre Desplat.
Budget:. 15 million USD.
In mid-1920s Copenhagen. the portrait artist Gerda Wegener (Alicia Vikander) asks her husband. popular landscape artist Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne). to stand in for a female model who was late to come to their flat to pose for a painting she’s working on. The act of Einar posing as a female figure unmasks what turns out to be a lifelong identification on the part of Einar as a female. named Lili Elbe. This sets off a progression. first tentative and then irreversible. of leaving behind the identity as Einar. which Lili has struggled to maintain all her life. This takes place as both Lili and Gerda relocate to Paris; Gerda’s portraits of Lili in her feminine state attract the kind of attention from art dealers that her previous portraiture had not. It is there that Gerda tracks down art dealer Hans Axgil (Matthias Schoenaerts). a childhood friend of Einar (Hans had been the first boy that Einar had ever kissed). Hans and Gerda’s mutual attraction causes problems as she is navigating her changing relationship to Lili. but his longtime friendship and affection for Lili leads him to play a supportive role for each.
Ultimately, Lili undergoes one of the very first instances of male to female sex reassignment surgery with the help of Dr. Warnerkos (Sebastian Koch), a two part procedure that first removes Lili’s external genitalia and then, after a period of recovery, fashioning a vagina. Lili’s eagerness to shed the vestiges of her male anatomy leads her to rush the sequence of procedures, and eventually dies of complications from it. The movie ends with Gerda and Hans back in Denmark; a scarf that Lili had worn and had given to Gerda before her second operation. It is taken by the wind.