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Frida (2002)

Cast: Salma Hayek, Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, more...
Director: Julie Taymor, Julie Taymor
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Studio: Miramax
Genre: Drama, Romance, Costume Drama/Period Piece, Biopics
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: Spanish
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After being attached to a number of actors, directors, and producers, this long-gestating biography of one of Mexico's most prominent, iconoclastic painters reaches the screen under the guiding hand of producer/star Salma Hayek. Hayek ages some 30 years onscreen as she charts Frida Kahlo's life from feisty schoolgirl to Diego Rivera protégée to world-renowned artist in her own right. Frida details Kahlo's affluent upbringing in Mexico City, and her nurturing relationship with her traditional mother (Patricia Reyes Spindola) and philosophical father (Roger Rees). Having already suffered the crippling effects of polio, Kahlo sustains further injuries when a city bus accident nearly ends her life. But in her bed-ridden state, the young artist produces dozens upon dozens of pieces; when she recovers, she presents them to the legendary -- and legendarily temperamental -- Rivera (Alfred Molina), who takes her under his wing as an artist, a political revolutionary, and, inevitably, a lover. But their relationship is fraught with trouble, as the philandering Rivera traverses the globe painting murals, and Kahlo languishes in obscurity, longing to make her mark on her own. Frida was directed by Julie Taymor, whose Broadway production of The Lion King won her international acclaim. ~ Michael Hastings, All Movie Guide

Please note: this disc contains the movie. If you'd like to see the bonus disc, please rent Frida: Bonus Disc.

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GreenCine Member Ratings

Frida (2002)
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6.97 (314 votes)
Frida (Bonus Disc) (2002)
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6.67 (21 votes)

GreenCine Member Reviews

Pretty good, all said and done... by monstress July 8, 2005 - 5:44 PM PDT
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Hayek is intense, Molina is complicated and infuriating, Taymor is reverent and willing to push into and out of Kahlo's paintings with painstaking care. There are glitches in the mix-why in the heck can Ashley Judd not do a decent accent? Her spanish one is as bad as her southern one-and the woman is from the south! And the little hint that Frida and Josephine Baker got it on in Paris is so yuckishly implied... Sigh. Small complaints, sure, but I am too tired to rant on some of the weak plot points right now.

It's definetly worth a watch, but only as a rental.

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