In the mid 20s, in Copenhagen, Denmark, painter Gerda Wegener (Alicia Vikander) asks her husband to show a profitable artist Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne), to assist her end was engaged on a portrait. The portrait, nonetheless, is a lady who’s late to make an look and Einar must hold his place for ladies to attain Gerda portray. That poses as a girl triggered a way Einar uncommon and attracts upon its identification as a lady.
Einar turns into fascinated with the concept of turning into a lady and slowly start to go away behind the outdated id to imagine a brand new, Lili Elbe. This transformation happens when each Lili and Gerda strikes from Copenhagen to Paris; Gerda they carry portraits of getting her as a mannequin Lili in her female entice the form of consideration from the artwork vendor as no different portray of hers has by no means managed to do earlier than.
Now, Gerda is in search of the artwork vendor Hans Axgil (Matthias Schoenaerts), a childhood pal of his Einar. Mutual attraction between Hans and Gerda inflicting issues within the tough relationship between it and Lili, however the previous friendship and affection between him and Lili makes him play a supportive function for each whereas striving to deal with change of their lives. Finally, Lili decides to attempt one of many first intercourse change operations in historical past with the assistance of Dr. Warnerkos (Sebastian Koch).