Most people who have heard about Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl know that it tells the real-life story of transgender pioneer Lili Elbe, a painter in 1920s Rotterdam who was the first known recipient of gender confirmation surgery. The film (in theaters Nov. 27) follows roughly a decade in the life of Lili (Eddie Redmayne) as she faces both cultural and medical challenges in her journey toward her true identity.
In this clip depicting one of the film’s sweetest romantic moments, we witness the undeniable chemistry between Lili, known here as Einer, and her painter wife Gerda (Alicia Vikander), who’s also a painter.
Amber Heard costars in the film as a coquettish friend of the couple — and in this scene, acts as the instigator of a flirtatious conversation, in which Einer and Gerda describe their first kiss. In an unorthodox gesture for such a tender scene, the characters talk not to each other but about each other. They stand on opposite sides of a table and never touch. But watch the temperature in the room change when Gerda, playfully uttering a line that will come to speak volumes, says, “It was like kissing myself.”