TORONTO — When an impeccably pedigreed “prestige” film like The Danish Girl has all its key elements hitting at peak performance, the result can — and often does — take your breath away

And this film, about turn-of-the-20th-Century transgender pioneer Lili Elbe (née Danish landscape artist Einar Wegener), hits every Academy Awards joy-buzzer known to Hollywood. It’s got socially relevant subject matter; it’s got Oscar winners doing the acting, directing and music composition; it’s got a fresh face with a breakout performance (in this case, the dazzling Alicia Vikander)

But there is something about the sum of The Danish Girl that, despite the panache of its parts, leaves the breath firmly in your possession. Read more…

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‘The Danish Girl’ review: All Hollywood prestige and nowhere to go