Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander put an early stake on Oscar claims when their film, “The Danish Girl,” released its first trailer, but the film’s second clip only does more to cement their ocean of good praise for the movie.
Einar (Redmayne) tries to explain to his wife Gerda (Vikander) how he’s trying to spend a full day as a man but as time goes by he’s thinking Lili’s — his female identity — thoughts and dreaming her dreams. Rather than give up on her husband or forsake him, Gerda sets out to try to find Einar the help he needs to fully become Lili.
As Lili Elbe was the first person to ever undergo transgender reassignment surgery, they are trying to find help at a time when it didn’t really exist. As such, they trust a man who seeks to lock Lili away rather than help her.
Still, the couple must face the danger when Einar does find a doctor willing to help. As a pioneer for the surgery it’s done without hormones or therapy beforehand and the risks are extensive. However, Gerda and Lili make the decision to go ahead because it is Lili’s “only option” to become her true self.
“The Danish Girl” is in theaters Nov. 27.