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 »
Juan José Gurrola,
Frida Kahlo: declared a symbol of Mexican national heritage, made into a cult figure by the women's movement, praised by the likes of Picasso and Breton, this film uses images and music to ... See full summary »
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"Frida" chronicles the life Frida Kahlo shared unflinchingly and openly with Diego Rivera, as the young couple took the art world by storm. From her complex and enduring relationship with her mentor and husband to her illicit and controversial affair with Leon Trotsky, to her provocative and romantic entanglements with women, Frida Kahlo lived a bold and uncompromising life as a political, artistic, and sexual revolutionary. Written by
This film could pass as a made-for-network-TV biopic of Frida Kahlo. Underneath all the pretty imagery, there's very little there. It looks nice
the film displays some well done imagery, just like Julie Tamor's other
film, "Titus". Unfortunately, the imagery doesn't support any meaningful expression. The characters in this story are paper thin. The film provides no insight into their politics, relationships, or why they "must" paint.
When Rivera has his famous confrontation with Nelson Rockefeller, he declares that he "must stand by his principles." Up to that point, the film has never introduced us to any of Rivera's principles, or whether he had any principles at all.
There is a lot of reference to Frida Kahlo's pain after the trolley accident, but no insight into how this may have influenced her life and art. In fact Selma Hayek rarely shows Kahlo as being in pain at all, unless it's convenient to the story line.
This movie felt like the film makers expected us to be impressed by all of the already well-known details of Frida Kahlo's life: her accident, her relationship with Rivera, her art, her various affairs with Leon Trotsky, and others. So what? Without any insight into why these events are important, there is little to this film other than gossip.
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