Frida

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Frida is a passionate, visually striking biopic about the larger-than-life artist.

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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, Rovi

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Cast

Salma Hayek
as Frida Kahlo
Alfred Molina
as Diego Rivera
Geoffrey Rush
as Leon Trotsky
Mia Maestro
as Cristina Kahlo
Ashley Judd
as Tina Modotti
Antonio Banderas
as David Alfaro Siqueiros
Edward Norton
as Nelson Rockefeller
Valeria Golino
as Lupe Marin
Roger Rees
as Guillermo Kahlo
Diego Luna
as Alejandro Gomez
Margarita Sanz
as Natalia Trotsky
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  • Nov 05, 2011
    This is a stunning biopic about painter Frida Kahlo. The screenplay seems a bit all over the place, but so was Kahlo's life. Impressive performance by Salma Hayek. Director Julie Taymor is one to watch.
    Juli R Super Reviewer
  • Dec 06, 2010
    I never much cared for Kahlo's work. Still don't. But it made me respect the woman more. After this I can see how well suited this was for Taymor's directing style. The visual effects that worked for her here were very similar in Across the Universe. Outstanding acting and beautiful cinematography. Probably one of my favorite biopics. (Much better than Evita...)
    Jennifer D Super Reviewer
  • Jul 28, 2010
    Love, pain, sorrow, need, lust, and creativity surround the life of Frida Kahlo, a famous female painter. Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, Valeria Golino, Mia Maestro, Roger Rees, and Diego Luna carry the emotional struggles and victories in Frida's life wonderfully. The script and direction stunned me. They were both exceptionally well done. Though not my favorite film, Frida has a beauty and geniune quality many movies lack and need.
    Liz < Super Reviewer
  • May 07, 2010
    cant get past the unibrow...
    Morgan S Super Reviewer

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