Christy Brown is born with cerebral palsy to a large, poor Irish family. His mother, Mrs. Brown, recognizes the intelligence and humanity in the lad everyone else regards as a vegetable. Eventually, Christy matures into a cantankerous artist who uses his dexterous left foot to write and paint. Written by
"My left foot" teaches us (or at least it should teach us) one important
lesson: handicapped people aren't necessarily retarded, they can just as
well be far more intelligent than any of us. I know that this sounds corny
but come on, that's how many of us tend to still feel just because we can
walk. This is a true story of a poor Irishman who suffers from a case of
cerebral palsy and still eventually becomes a celebrated writer and painter
only by using his left foot. When you know this much you can fill in the
rest. I'm not saying his story isn't touching, of course it is. I'm saying
that the movie is predictable and the terrific performances is what you will
eventually remember. Oscar awarded Daniel Day-Lewis was spectacular as
Christy Brown and we certainly shouldn't forget Hugh O'Conor who was just
fantastic as young Christy. Movie that deserves to be seen.
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