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The Danish Girl over the years may be slotted as a project that takes up gender and performance and chronicling the life and times of a significant personality in the transgender movement but in the end it is a story of a marriage, the death of one and the growth of another relationship foretold. It has been beautifully shot; there are times it reminds me of Mr Turner from last year with celluloid playing as canvas to the beauty of the palette of the cinematographer.
But the story is overwhelming at best; with every member of the audience taking back with them memories of relationships that outgrew them. of the people they were and fell in love with once. And how only some will be brave enough to see where love takes them. The film starts out with playful love--of bohemain artists who play act being grown ups but it ends with two beautiful , beautiful people who are wise to love and the promise of commitment. Yes, it is about a man and a partner who embrace the person that has lived within him and a cruel, cruel medical establishment and their commitment to text books and not compassion--but it is also about marriage. In the end it is about marriage.
The movie leaves us curious for the artist Lily Elbe could have been but perhaps that was her Einar Wegener avatar; and Lily is firm to not tread on his path. We do watch Gerda's work blossom, even as a significnat relationship withers.
I just wish the film had made clear that it is never about the stocking.