The Danish Girl. 2015. Great Britain/Germany/USA. Directed by Tom Hooper. 120 min.
Alicia Vikander and Eddie Redmayne begin this moving portrait of loyalty and determination as Gerda and Einar Wegener, young married artists in 1920s Denmark. As Einar reveals herself to be a woman (Lili Elbe), Gerda's fortitude propels them, united, into an unknown future. Director Tom Hooper says, "I fell for this story when I was directing The King’s Speech. I wept when I first read Lucinda Coxon’s beautiful script, and have carried that memory with me and wanted to honour it in the making of the film. Lili Elbe is an inspiration in the courage she showed to overcome the blocks to her true self. Her wife Gerda is moving in her compassion and unconditional love. Their marriage made the revealing of Lili possible." Courtesy of Focus Features.