Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

'The Danish Girl': The Protagonist Remains Something of a Mystery

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

'The Danish Girl': The Protagonist Remains Something of a Mystery

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It's a sign of the cultural shift that a movie about a transgender woman who undergoes gender reassignment surgery should today seem less than an eye-opener. After Caitlyn Jenner and Jeffrey Tambor in Amazon's "Transparent," there is little novelty in Tom Hooper's "The Danish Girl," about the Danish landscape painter Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne), who transitioned in the 1920s into Lili Elbe, one of the first to undergo such a surgery. Novelty isn't everything, though. What might have rescued "The Danish Girl" is a deeper and tougher treatment of Lili's transition, and the transition, too, of her portrait painter wife Gerda (Alicia Vikander, fine), who stood by her.

Redmayne, who radiates ambi-sexuality here, is perfectly cast, but the role, as scripted by Lucinda Coxon, doesn't provide enough ballast for him. …

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