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This is period drama at its most lush. Set in the quaint streets of Copenhagen and the opulent galleries of Paris, The Danish Girl stars Eddie Redmayne as Lili Elbe, the first person to undergo full gender reassignment surgery. Born Einar Wegener, he becomes Lili gradually after his wife Gerda has him model as a woman for her paintings. What follows is a tremendous struggle, with everything stacked against Lili, especially society's misunderstanding of her identity and Gerda's desperation to understand. The film earned Vikander an Oscar and Redmayne a nomination for this, one of the most sensitive depictions of trans people on film, despite being played by a cis man.

Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Mathias Schoenaerts, Ben Whishaw

Director: Tom Hooper

Year: 2016

Country: UK

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