"I am me..." Lili Elbe
Summary : A fictional love story inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda's marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili's groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.
Release date: December 25, 2015
Director: Tom Hooper
Writers: David Ebershoff (novel), Lucinda Coxon (screenplay)
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard
Production Co: Artemis Productions, Pretty Pictures, Revision Pictures
MPAA Rating: R for some sexuality and full nudity
I have been hounding my editor to screen this film. I have adored Eddie Redmayne ever since watching him in Ken Follet’s The Pillars of the Earth.
A week before I screened the film, I read an article on the woman Eddie Redmayne went to for background as a transgender woman on the film’s Facebook page. It was an amazing article. I knew that Redmayne always does background and immerses himself into character. This one, he went above and beyond.
I was instantly taken by Lili (once she emerged of course), but you can see the fragility in her. Gerda (Vikander)initially was supportive, until she witnesses something she probably should not have. Once Lili makes her decision, you get to watch her journey begin.
You witness the struggle between Lili and Gerda together and as individuals. Gerda, an artist as well, goes through fighting to get her name on the board in the art world. I can only imagine the tough time form women in that era, but the fashion is amazing!
The screening at selected theaters have already been selected for 3 Golden Globe nominations.
I know that Star Wars it out, but for a “date night” movie, this is one you should see.