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Frida Still Life (1983)

Frida, naturaleza viva (original title)
The most prominent female painter of Latin America, Frida Kahlo, is agonizing in her Coyoacán home. She evokes memories of her childhood, of the streetcar accident that caused her terrible ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Juan José Gurrola ...
Max Kerlow ...
Claudio Brook ...
Salvador Sánchez ...
Cecilia Toussaint ...
Frida's Sister
Ziwta Kerlow ...
Trotsky's Wife
Valentina Leduc Navarro ...
Young Frida
Lolita Cortés ...
Sister of young Frida
Gina Morett ...
Juan Ángel Martínez ...
Wood worker
François Lartigue ...
Odiseo Bichir ...
Young sandinista
Young Sandinista


The most prominent female painter of Latin America, Frida Kahlo, is agonizing in her Coyoacán home. She evokes memories of her childhood, of the streetcar accident that caused her terrible pain and affliction, her friendship with Trotsky and painter Alfaro Siqueiros, her marriage to Diego Rivera, her miscarriage, her political commitment, her love affairs and the anticipated exhibition of her works. Written by Edgar Soberon-Torchia <cimas@sinfo.net>

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Frida Still Life  »

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A woman, revolutionary, lover and lesbian
3 September 2003 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

Not knowing the history and something about the life of Frida, this film is not understandable by anyone. It reflects the life of Frida Kahlo, a famous Mexican painter, more famous because of her political position and her love and relationships with painter of mural like Diego Rivera and political person as Liev Trostky. The main characteristic of the film is the lack of dialogues, so, again, not knowing the history it will be difficult to understand the plot. In a scene one may hear the voice of Trostky in French giving the message to Frida, where he invited her to have love and sex with him. In another one there is a bitter dialogue among Trostky, Rivera and Frida, where Trostky speaks in Russian through a woman-translator (the Russian language here is the worst of the world, badly pronounced as if Trostky was not Russian). It is clear that Mexican communists at that time were loyal to Stalin and organized the plots to kill Trostky. The other famous Mexican painter of mural, Alfaro Siqueiros, was against Trostky and behaves as a terrorist.

The life of Frida was abnormal in general, she was a lover of several men and also a lesbian one; she suffered her problems with legs and the problems of the Mexican society. Frida's character was complex and the film reflected it well.

Anyone interested in see this film should in anticipation read about Mexico's history and the major events of the early 20th Century.

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