(K. Brent Tomer),
CINEMAGOERS are captivated by Eddie Redmayne’s charming portrayal of Einar Wegener, a Danish artist who underwent sex re-assignment surgery, and “The Danish Girl”’ (reviewed here) is being heralded by some as a breakthrough. The film is as beautiful as the brushwork of Wegener and his artist wife Gerda. It tells the warm love story of Gerda helping her husband transform into Lili.
But most transgender people are not as lucky as Einar. Many find it harder to pass as their affirmed gender, and trans people are just as unlucky as everyone else in having to endure family and friends who make life difficult. So although Mr Redmayne’s transformation into Einar and then into Lili is beguiling, Maura Pfefferman (played by Jeffrey Tambor) and the other trans characters (and actors) in Amazon Studios’ “Transparent” are the ones that transgender people will finally be able to see themselves in. Maura, who began the series as Mort, is not only flawed; her family is, too, and her struggles to master becoming a woman are layered on top of long-running struggles to be a decent…Continue reading