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I never expected before that I am going to love this movie!
The movie tells about transformation of a man named Einar Magnus Andreas Weneger from a man to a woman. What interesting about this movie is when I see how a person loses his or her identity, and tries in various ways to find himself.
Einar Weneger starts to admire women stuffs such as beautiful dress, satin pajamas and cosmetics. He uses women dress and cosmetics and along with the time the characteristics of women appear from him. The way he spoke changed, his gesture is also elegant, he wears cosmetics regularly, and he fall in love with a man.
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In his transformation process, Lili Elbe comes as a dominant characteristic from himself. Lili elbe is a woman character from Einar Weneger. He is physically a male human being but his soul is woman. The role of Einar Weneger as a man and a husband disappear. In one moment when his wife forces Lili Elbe to change into Einar weneger (dress up like a man), it causes Einar Weneger to torture. He surely realizes that he is a woman.
Again, what I like from this movie is the way Einar Weneger reveals his great desire to be woman. It is depicted clearly how somebody realizes what he like from himself, a very big desire, although crazy desire to change his soul. I would give a standing applause to the main character when he look herself in a mirror and imagine herself as women. The actor transfers his feeling greatly to the audience. For me, I could feel his longing from that scene.
The searching of identity or self-identification is a long process. Every day we try to figure of what we are. Simply, we realize what we like or dislike, what our dreams, our gestures in daily life, the way we speak, which when those combinations shape our personality. The searching of identity of Einar Weneger makes me feel pity for him. When he cries and makes decision to change himself as a woman forever. The process of Einar transformation is not easy. He got physical abuse from society and big disappointment from his wife. He is still struggling to get a new identity as a woman
In Indonesia, transgender issues are getting hot because one of Indonesian singer is allegedly a transgender. In Indonesia, LGBT is not a thing that considers being common. Many people still cannot accept them because our traditional culture and religion which decided the each function. There are just two genders Male and Female, nothing else. For me personally, I don’t agree about the concept of LGBT. Again, because in my tradition and my religion I know there are just two genders as a God creation; men and woman, nothing else. I don’t hate LGBT people, also I don’t know their story, I don’t have right to judge. Moreover, the higher virtue of all is Love. We have a responsibility to spread love not hatred.