The Danish Girl is a movie by Tom Hooper. We have to know that this film is taken from two books. The first was published in 1933 : Man into Woman: The First Sex Change. In 2000, David Ebershoff published a novel inspired by the life of Lili and Gerda.
The movie takes place in 1930 in Denmark and tell the story of Gerda and Einar Wegener, a couple who share the same passion for arts. However, Gerda has trouble, she have difficulties to sell her paintings while Einar is successful. One day, the young woman asks at her husband to play her model dressing with women clothes. Einar is upset because he discovers that he loves it and realize that he was born in the wrong body. To laugh, Gerda request to Einar to impersonate a woman during a party. Einar took the name of « Lili » and is approached by a man who's fell in love.
This is not surprising, but in 1930 (and again now), « the feminism » is dramatically expressed by the appearance and coquetry. Gerda and Lili talk about sexism in their writings. Today, doesn't be conform to the society exposes to disapproving reactions and also violence. The Danish girl celebrates the courage to be oneself. Einar underwent, surgery to change sex. During this time, Gerda don't want,don't understant. She's angry, desesperate but she sacrifices herself for the great love of her life.
I wanted to write about this movie, because I'm a big fan of Eddie Redmayne. And most precisely because I like the « historical » films who critic society. Here we have a stereotypical view of femininity, shocking those who still suffer from the rigidity of these « gender cases ». But I was more affected because in 2016, we are still behind stories similar to that of Lili. A transsexual person should not have to « conform » to be accepted.