• Publication date: November 24, 2009

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Frida is a passionate portrayal of surrealist artist Frida Kahlo, now regarded as ...

Frida is a passionate portrayal of surrealist artist Frida Kahlo, now regarded as one of the twentieth century’s greatest painters. Frida’s foray into art began at the rather young age of 18 under unquestionably unorthodox conditions. While riding a trolley a bus collided with it, impaling the girl with a metal pole and nearly killing her. The accident would scar Frida for life and eventually confine her to a wheelchair. However Frida’s near death experience would inspire a new view of the world, and subsequently a resurrection of sorts as she discovered her true calling in life: art. During her stay at hospital her father bought her a canvas and other art supplies, hoping that the gift would ease his daughter’s boredom. Indeed it did. That simple gift launched her almost immediately into Mexico’s art world and would enable Frida to mingle with other important artists and revolutionaries of the time, such as exiled Russian thinker Leon Trotsky. More importantly than Trotsky, however, would be her future husband Diego Rivera, a fellow painter whose presence would further inspire Frida’s artistic endeavors. A radically liberal marriage allowed for great social experimentation as well; neither Rivera nor Frida were monogamous and Frida regularly engaged in lesbianism. This life void of boundaries subsequently removed creative blockades as well, and no idea was too taboo or too unconventional for her canvas. Nevertheless this carefree lifestyle had its consequences. Inevitably the couple’s open relationship would result in jealously, especially after Diego began an affair with Frida’s sister. Long-term injuries from Frida’s accident would haunt her until death as well, and her condition was worsened by non-stop work and a refusal to give her body its due rest. Just as she would rise to greatness in a beautiful chaos Frida would also plummet to her death, beautifully in its own right. “Frida” won multiple awards including an Oscar and Golden Globe. This movie is rated R for sexuality/nudity and language.