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[Perspectives] The high cost of an early transition

Go see The Danish Girl for its artful portrayal of a complex love story. And go, too, for Eddie Redmayne’s sensitive performance of both a man, Einar Wegener, in anguish over his gender, and the woman, Lili Elbe, who emerges from him into vivid life. Tom Hooper’s beautiful film, based on David Ebershoff’s novel which drew on the actual diaries of Lili Elbe, published in the 1930s as Man Into Woman, stays appropriately vague about the medical aspects of Lili’s gender transition. Given the terrible limitations of this early medical work, this is both a wise artistic choice and a prudent political one.