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Rated R · 120 min. · 2015

Drama



Eddie Redmayne (last year’s Oscar winner for best actor) stars as landscape painter Einar Wegener, one of the first recipients of gender reassignment surgery. Set in 1920s Copenhagen, the tale is inspired by actual events, although director Tom Hooper (Les Misérables) takes liberties to present the story as a tender portrait of a remarkable marriage. Alicia Vikander plays Einar’s wife, Gerda, and her performance is every bit as vulnerable and wrenching as Redmayne’s. As Einar begins his gradual transformation into a woman, the story becomes a psychologically complex love triangle between two people. But Hooper’s overwrought visual strategy keeps the film from really soaring. The style is too composed and conventional for the material.

Director: Tom Hooper
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Amber Heard, Alicia Vikander and Matthias Schoenaerts

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