The Bad Nurse: The Danish Girl

Review: Jessica Chastain is good as ‘The Good Nurse,’ but Eddie Redmayne is bad as the bad nurse in ‘The Danish Girl’ (Photo: Everett Collection)

To make sure the audience doesn’t come away with the wrong impression of “The Danish Girl,” one of the characters spends much of the film getting his nose and ears shot off by a sniper at close range. (Well, not really)

“I don’t care anyhow,” says The Bad Nurse, as he fires at the point of impact, with a bullet that passes through his nostrils and his eardrum. “No one is going to care about it, my God, my God,” he says, with a sadistic grin. “Everyone will be glad it’s over.”

This attitude is shared by a series of characters who, in spite of all of their faults, do care about the well-being of those who are in their care. In this film, they’re played by British actors Jessica Chastain and Eddie Redmayne. And, in Chastain’s case, she takes the bad nurse role very seriously – in an over-the-top but believable sort of way.

The other character I have to mention, and one that doesn’t get much recognition from the world at large, is Dr. Leopold Bloom (Dane Dehaan), a New York-based psychiatrist. “His patients are all in this room, they’re all in the room,” Chastain tells us, with a smile. “He doesn’t want to take no for an answer, he’s a little bit rude, he’s a little bit snarky. He’s a little bit arrogant. But that’s actually what his patients love about him, because he’s not like other psychiatrists that you find in the big cities

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