(2015) (Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: A 1920s era husband and wife must contend with the man's slow transition into becoming a woman.
- It's 1926, and Einar (EDDIE REDMAYNE) and Gerda Wegener (ALICIA VIKANDER) are married painters living in Copenhagen. They have a loving and equal relationship despite his career of painting landscapes being far more prominent than hers of doing portraits. While his works hang in galleries and bring critical and public adoration, she can't even get hers to see the light of day outside of their workspace. That creates occasional bits of tension between them, although Einar is happy to stand in partially dressed as a ballerina in order to help her finish her latest work.
That partial bit of cross-dressing stirs a longing that's long been inside him, and Gerda unknowingly encourages that when she playfully proposes that he attend a reception dressed as a woman with the identity of being Einar's cousin. She thinks it's fun, not realizing the gender crisis that he's experiencing, or the fact that he'll end up drawing the attention of a young man, Henrik (BEN WHISHAW), at that event.
When Gerda catches them kissing, she's confused, hurt and concerned, and when he continues to dress as his feminine alter-ego who he calls Lili, she eventually starts painting portraits of him that way. They end up bringing art world attention to her and her newfound subject, something that doesn't escape the attention of Einar's childhood friend, art dealer Hans Axgil (MATTHIAS SCHOENAERTS), who Gerda contacts as her husband begins disappearing into Lili.
That transition continues to the point that Gerda tries to find him help, a quest that eventually leads them to Dr. Warnekros (SEBASTIAN KOCH), a surgeon who's been trying to pioneer gender reassignment surgery. As Einar and Gerda's relationship changes, they must contend with the possible dangers and definite repercussions of him possibly electing to go through with that.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Teens interested in the subject matter and/or who might be fans of someone in the cast could show some interest.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For some sexuality and full nudity.
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