Release Date: 09 June 2016
Format: DVD Blu-ray
Starring: Alicia Vikander, Eddie Redmayne, Amber Heard
Portrait of a lady. Coming so soon after his Oscar-winning turn as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, the odds were always against Eddie Redmayne repeating the feat for playing another tortured real-life character.
But as good as he is as Einar Wegener/Lilly Elbe, who in 1930 became one of the first recipients of gender reassignment surgery, it’s only right that it was Alicia Vikander who took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. The Swedish star gives a beautifully nuanced performance as his wife Gerda, whose paintings of him as ‘Lilly’ set him on the path towards discovering his true sexual identity, and who then has to helplessly watch the man she loves gradually transform into a different person. A touching and unconventional love story.