‘I hope the exit is joyful and I hope never to return.’ /Frida Kahlo/
What is this movie about?
The movie captures the troubled life of the painter, Frida Kahlo from her early teens until her death. The story takes place in the early years of the 20th century in Mexico and the main role is played by Salma Hayek. Frida and her boyfriend takes the bus after school when an accident happens. The girl’s legs became paralyzed and she must cut school, go through painful surgeries and treatments and stay in bed. Her father wants to cheer her up by setting a canvas and encouraging her to paint. Years later Frida can walk again and decides to take painting as her job and wants to learn from Diego Rivera (played by Alfred Molina), the most popular artist of that time. They fall in love but he can never be faithful to Frida.
What did I like about this movie?
First of all I have to state that Frida Kahlo is one of my favourite painters ever. I always found interest in her life. She suffered so much in her life, yet she was brave enough to face those sufferings and ‘paint her reality’. Her paintings give me the impression of some kind of therapy. Her paintings are so heartbreakingly painful and simple.
I also think that Salma Hayek gives one of her best performances as Frida.
Who do I recommend it for?
To anyone who likes art or takes interest in Mexican culture.