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Excellent biopic about Frida Kahlo. Beautiful sets and costumes, with a compelling screenplay and an excellent cast of actors, including Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, Ashley Judd, and Antonio Banderas. I have watched this film several times and it never fails to captivate me as a viewer. You will want to dive into Frida's diaries to read her life in her own words.
Very moving. Gives reference to her feelings and experiences behind her paintings.
Quasi-documentaries about artists/writers are notoriously hard to do as their ideas/feelings don't extend to screen performances easily. That is the main problem with Frida. The director (Taymor) instead chooses to concentrate on sex, drinking and (to a lesser extent) physical pain with out a great deal of success. The politics are especially problematic. Why are Rivera/Kahlo members of the Trotskyite version of the Communist party? You get no feel for it here and their politics seems as staid as that in Hilary Clinton's Democratic party. The only plus for this picture is that it inspires some desire to find out more about Kahlo's life.
Perhaps a film-maker using magic realism might have been able to do something with this. It certainly would have been interesting seeing if the Thai master Apichatpong Weerasethakul could have made this tale like his 2006 item "Syndromes and a Century". Even the present director (Taymor) might have taken inspiration from the past and cast it as a puppet show.
The 2 lead actors are great. Something about the Latin women .. full of life and passion.
This movie was disappointing. I had expected a much more in depth telling of this woman's sadly very short life. But the movie, like many Hollywood tellings of real events, just hit on the things they thought an audience would enjoy. If you really want to know about her life read a biography. Also, it struck me that a woman so much pain and with so many ailments had so many affairs. But those affairs may have been more intellectual and romantic than the movie depicts.
Salma Hayek is incredible as Frida. No one could have done it better. I understand the art of Frida Kahlo better after having seen the film. Interesting story. Visually well done film. Excellent performances by all artists involved. Some of the extras in regard to the making of the film are worth watching as well. Not a movie for teens or young children. Adult themes throughout including a fair amount of nudity and sexual content.
Artistically well done. Salma Hayek was outstanding in this role. Loved it!
I respected the visual conception of her art, before and after the depression and her life as a whole. Unfortunately, the promiscuous behavior grit my teeth and it was clearly depicted in her life and was one of her Achilles heels if I'm the only one who saw it. Overall, 4/5 Stars.
Depiction of the lives of two communists: Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón and Diego Rivera. Frieda called the US "gringolandia," had affairs with other women (even her husband's mistresses), and once said: "I was a member of the [communist] Party before I met Diego and I think I am a better communist than he is or ever will be." Nuff said!
an excelent painter n salma hayek waz maid 4 diz roll,she givz it mor passion n mor life 2 da roll az frida kahlo............ luv diz diva
Superb visuals, a fascinating subject, and a compelling performance by Alfred Molina are among this film's attractions. The book on which it is based is even better.