There's Only So Long One Can Pretend
Eddie Redmayne stars as Einar Wegener, the man of the hour in this clever biographical largely based on the lives of the late Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener(Vikander).
The film begins by showing the picture perfect love between Einar and Gerda who spend their days painting the hours away.
This is of course, until one moment in time, Gerda asks her husband to step in for a portrait model that doesn't show up.
Being the loving husband that he is, it doesn't take Gerda too much effort to twist his arm, as it's evident he would do anything to make his wife happy.
But, what they didn't plan on was that somewhere through the middle of his posing he would inadvertently begin to like the feeling of being seen as a woman.
The soft stockings on his legs and cool gown pressed upon his skin somehow awakened a part of him that he thought he'd managed to suppress all these years.
And like any hidden desire, once you have a taste..there's really no going back.
The rest of the film shows the struggle, Einar and Gerda fight through, as she tries to reclaim her husband and he tries to find himself.
Lili is the alter-ego of sorts that becomes awakened through Einar's small moment as a portrait model.
Lili is curious, shy and a lover of things that Einar denied himself to experience. She loves the feel of soft fabrics and the scent of soft perfume on her skin. Lili is everything Einar ever wanted to express in a woman, but unfortunately for him to have her he must lose himself.
One can never know the internal struggles that a person conflicted within their sexuality may experience, unless they are that person.
Einar and Gerda's story is unique to the film, but it's also highly likely that a couple somewhere out there is living in this moment right now.
After Watching, The Danish Girl
I've got to say that this film earned every bit of accolades and praise it has received in the last few months.
"The Danish Girl" shows a deeper level of Redmanyne's acting that many people, I'm sure, did not know existed.
It's truly a story of love and passion that Tom Hopper expressed as elegantly as Einar and Gerda's art.
So, if you haven't watched it yet, add it to your list. This is one you don't want to miss.
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