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Critics call The Danish Girl a ‘game changer’ for trans visibility

Critics call The Danish Girl a ‘game changer’ for trans visibility

In The Danish Girl, Eddie Redmayne takes on the role of trans pioneer Lili Elbe.

It has yet to hit cinema screens, but trans drama The Danish Girl is already being called a point of change for the transgender community.

Celebrating its world premiere as part of Venice Film Festival, director Tom Hooper’s latest film has been praised in the international press.

On the night, The Danish Girl reportedly received a ten-minute standing ovation, while critics are already awarding Eddie Redmayne his second Oscar – or at least highlighting him as a hot contestant for one.

But it’s not all focusing on the actors’ performance; while the Daily Mail calls The Danish Girl ‘emotionally undercharged’ and the Independent described it as ‘very careful not to startle or offend its audience’, other voices have made themselves heard.

Den of Geek’s Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi called it ‘an important portrait of gender identity’ paying tribute to not just ‘an amazing person but also to the courageous people nowadays who are taking that journey’.

Moviepilot, Germany’s biggest web service for film news and recommendations, took it a step further: in the website’s review, the author – going by the name of Rocky Balbea – called The Danish Girl ‘important for everyone’.

‘The Danish Girl is for transgender issues what Brokeback Mountain was for the topic of homosexuality,’ she writes.

‘A cinematic turning point, a game changer, an arrival in the cinematic and socio-politic mainstream.’

The Danish Girl will hit US theatres on 27 November; in the UK, it will be released on 1 January 2016.