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Frida

Year: 2002
Director: Julie Taymor
Cast: Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, Valeria Golino, Geoffrey Rush, Edward Norton
The biopic every actress with any clout in Hollywood tried to get made for years finally comes to the screen.

Salma Hayek makes the transformation from hot star to bona fide actress as she portrays Kahlo was crippled with a back injury throughout most of her life thanks to a bus crash while young, and who spent her entire life at the periphery of love with the two-timing, left wing painter Diego (Molina) whom she loves despite his many faults.

It quite effectively chronicles Frida's entire creative life, and even though you can see some corners have been cut (presumably because of budget, like the little animated exposition sequences and Hayek not looking like she ages in the least throughout the film), the story is rich, the characters interesting and while the biopic genre is pretty narrow and thus this film sticks to the conventions like glue, it's very well done.

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