Biopic about artist, Frida Kahlo (Salma Hayek) who was made legendary by her extraodinary love affairs, her artistic career and her tempestuous personality, coupled with her marriage to her husband Diego Rivera (Alfred Molina).
I had to watch this film for a module on my degree, and while I don’t think I would have sought it out on my own it was certainly an interesting film. Visually, it is a marvel. The cinematography is jewel rich and the film itself is brilliant.
While I highly suspect that it is not entirely 100% historically accurate (I don’t know much about Frida Kahlo as an artist) it was a fantastic way for me to start getting interested in her and her work as an artist. Molina was brilliant as her husband, and it further shows the tempestuous dynamic of a relationship where two people obviously wanted to be loved but they just looked for love in places which was not necessarily wrong, just unconventional.
Of course, none of the characters are perfect. They are all inherently flawed. Both Freda and Diego are broken and need to be fixed, and yet this is not enough within the film itself.
The film also has acting talent aplenty within it, and the story itself is vibrant and engaging. Biopics are, for the most part, really interesting and if anything get the audience interested in the person portrayed onscreen.
I’d highly recommend this film to fans of Freda Kahlo’s work or persona. It has certainly encouraged me to read up more about her.
MY RATING: ***** / *****