Based on the life of Lili Elbe (Einar Wegener) and Gerda Wegener; Two painters in love, married for years. Things change when Einar dies and then when Lili does.
Einar and Lili are the same person or to correct myself different people but stuck in the same body.
Einar is married to the beautiful Gerda who he fondly calls as “beautiful and shameless Gerda”. They are in love and enjoy each other’s company. They decide to play a game where Einar is dressed as a woman and is introduced as his cousin “Lili”. They attend an art gala for a friend where Lili is pursued by a man.
Einar realizes that the deep seated desire he has is to free Lili from his man body. He admits the same to Gerda. The journey for two lovers transitioning from being a married couple in love to being best friends supports the transition of Einar to Lili.
The movie is beautiful!!! The way the journey of 3 souls is handled, it is a testimony not just to the director but also to the actors.
You can feel Einar changing into Lili. You desperately want him to transition. You get angry when he is treated like a mental patient. And Gerda, Oh my Gerda, I could relate most to her. Being in love with a man and see him slowly move away, turn into a different person is not easy, but she makes it seamless. Her pain and suffering is silent. You rather hope for her that all this is just a bad dream and Einar will come back.
Gerda loves Einar to a point that she helps him to transition. She stands beside him no matter what. Gerda proves to the world that a woman’s love knows no boundaries. It may seem stupid and unnecessary but that is what love does, it gives you the strength to make it through the worst times.
Here are a few quotes from the movie:
Einar Wegener: I love you, because you are the only person who made sense of me. And made me, possible.
Einar Wegener: I think Lily’s thoughts, I dream her dreams. She was always there.
Lili Elbe: I know you have taken care of me, why did you do everything if you hoped this would be same again. I need to take care of myself now Gerda, and you should too.
I am keen to read Lili’s thoughts published as “Man into Woman”. Lili, Einar and Gerda did not have a happy ending but they did what was best for their love, their passion!!!!!