Starring: Salma Hayek, Alfred Molino,
Antonio Banderas, Geofrey Rush, Ashley Judd, and Ed Norton
Directed by: Julie Tamor
is a visual medium and the team behind Frida painted a masterpiece!
Hayek does a career turn-around role here folks. Sure I've never
been a huge fan - till now. Apparently she was instrumental
in getting this remarkable version of artist Frieda Kahlo's
life to fruition.
heart in the role is big and pulsing. I cannot think of an actor
who could have done a better job. Salma truly shines and hopefully
will get a nod from a multitude of award folks this spring.
Kahlo was a Mexican artist, fairly ignored until the 1980's.
Now she's famous for her surreal depictions of the tragedy and
beauty of life. She herself had too much tragedy and this is
probably why her work had such heart. The film captures this
a youngster she had a terrible bus accident that could have
left her paralyzed for life. Instead she willed and worked her
way back on to two feet. Her pain never stopped and Frida endured
a lifetime of reconstructive surgery. This continuing trauma
however seemed to give the feisty filly even more lust for life.
She fell mad and hard and forever for swarthy fellow artist
and mentor Diego Rivera (who Alfred Molina as puffed as he was
still served a justice to), she loved like a man, she
smoked like a communist, drank like a bohemian, and she managed
to cram a hundred lifetimes into her short one.
film follows her rise, her private moments and, of course, her
Molino who plays the "pudgy" Diego Rivera should also
get a nod from several trinket giving venues next spring. Besides
altering his physique to play the huge Rivera, he displayed
his natural abilities to slip from comedic to dramatic with
out a glitch in the transition. I love this guy. He's adorable
sans the Diego poundage and usually (Dudley Dooright aside)
a good gage of a film's caliber.
Rush has a small role as Leon Trotsky- another man fallen under
the spell of Frida. Naturally Geoff's perfect.
Antonio Banderas has a brief but wonderful showing as the mad
and life lusting David Siqueiros whose line, " I'd rather
have an intelligent enemy than a stupid friend" is just
but alas it is Salma Hayek that owns and steals every beautiful
frame of the film. This is her baby and it's a bouncing delight.
One with less soul in the role could have made us lose interest
in Frida's antics or miss her bounding lust for life.
into the artful film on art are these amusing cartoon-like sequences
Hayek narrated. An artform within an art form about an artform.
Loved them. This new artistical montage trend, like in
The Kid Stays in the Picture,
is refreshing and brave. Julie Weiss' costumes may just inspire
a trend towards Mexican wear. She mixed the brilliant colors
of the land with the day's fashions. Stunning. Production Design
by Felipe Fernández del Paso and the art direction by
Bernardo Trujillo dotted the film to complete the spectacle.
The whole film is beautiful.
reviewed the soundtrack here:
recommendation: Tamales and tequila