ByJanna Dk MacDonald-Walsh, writer at Creators.co
Both known and forgotten horror films of the 20th Century
Janna Dk MacDonald-Walsh

Last review from 2015, and I'm happy to say that this last film is an amazing tale, and an inspiration to the transgender community. We are introduced to a young couple, Einar and Gerda Wegener (Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander), who live in Copenhagen and make a living as artists. The couple seems to be very happy, until one day when Einar is asked to pose for his wife wearing female stockings, while the rest of his body is covered with a beautiful ballet dress. This seems to awaken a long repressed feeling in Einar, that he is in the wrong body. At first, he tries to cure himself with horrifying results, so instead of continuing to try, he embraces his feelings. Einar slowly makes his transition into a female, who takes on the name Lili. Gerda, meanwhile, has a hard time adjusting with the transition and the possibility of losing her husband. The film can be described with one word: beautiful. Everything about the film was truly beautiful, not just in a physical sense, but also with the message. During a time, when being transgender was thought to be a mental illness, there was still acceptance, compassion, and understanding. The performances of Redmayne and Vikander were delicate, and flawless. The confusion, shame, and heartache were ever present with Redmayne from the beginning of the film, but slowly fade to happiness as he became she. Vikander portrayal of Gerda is also one of heartache, but slowly turns to compassion, because her character is still in love with her spouse. The chemistry between the two is undeniable, as it explores the complexities of dealing with a spouse who is transgender. Costume and make-up in the film were wonderful, and made Redmayne convincingly female, and beautiful one to boot. Wonderful film, I truly do hope this film gets the recognition it deserves.

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