#Transgender Awareness Week Film Review: ‘The Danish Girl’ (2015)

Please note: this review is a repost from a post earlier this year on The Breathing Ghosts Series Blog– the official blog for my series of novels- and is in honour of Transgender Awareness Week 2016 (14-20 November 2016.)

Watching The Danish Girl (TDG) was a really intense experience for me- Eddie Redmayne has an unnerving ability to really become the characters he is playing- at times, I forgot about him and only cared for Lili. So many memorable scenes, so many heartbreaking moments- from the scene where Greta (Einar/Lili’s wife) catches him deliberately wearing one of her nightgowns in bed, to where Einar/Lili goes to a brothel and mimics the gestures of a prostitute from behind a window. (This was also incredibly moving in the novel, by David Ebershoff, which I reviewed here as my book of the year.) This scene is particular I found moving, not only for the height of emotion in the scene, but also because of the unique relationship dynamics at play between Einar/Lili and Greta.
This film is as gripping as it is harrowing. I saw it on the day it came out, and even though the cinema was packed, it was so silent you could hear a pin drop. Everyone was hooked- mesmerised by the sheer wealth of acting talent on screen, and of course by Lili’s own unique story.
It’s a wonderfully bittersweet, intense, evocative film- although to be honest I’m not sure I’d add it to my DVD collection because it is harrowing and dark at points- and also a little slow-paced- but, as with all great art, there is often beauty in darkness. It would be a travesty if it didn’t win an Oscar. (#SecondOscarforEddie!) In short, take a box of Kleenex, some chocolate, and just go and watch it.
Overall rating: 8 out of 10. *Sniff sniff sob*

Note: If you’d like to find out more about transgender issues, please check out the links below. (There are also links to transgender resources and charities on my website.) Stay safe, stay happy, stay brave and above all be yourself!🙂

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR)

It Gets Better Project

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