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Tuesday, 8 March 2016

THE DANISH GIRL [2015]

Director Tom Hooper delivers a dramatic portrayal of transgender operation patient pioneer Lili Elbe in the biographical drama The Danish Girl.
Set in the 1920's in Copenhagen, the film follows Elbe's and his wife's journey through the change from man to women and all the personal & physical complications it brings into their lives.
Despite it's wonderful performances (particularly Alicia Vikander), the film feels like it's a bit afraid to tackle it's subject matter and opts for a more safer route by merely scratching the surface.  There are moments of slight intimacy that feel a bit personal but it doesn't seem like it knows how to handle it with enough bravery.  Apart from it's beautiful photography and actors, The Danish Girl seems like it held back in order to play it safe come awards season.

3 scarves out of 5

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