My Left Foot [DVD]
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Christy Brown is a spastic quadriplegic born to a large, poor Irish family. His mother, Mrs Brown, recognizes the intelligence and humanity in the lad everyone else regards as a vegetable. Eventually, Christy matures into a cantankerous writer who uses his only functional limb, his left foot, to write with.
Daniel Day-Lewis won a much-deserved Oscar for My Left Foot, with a wily and passionate performance as Irish artist and writer Christy Brown, whose cerebral palsy kept him confined to a wheelchair. Filmmaker Jim Sheridan (In the Name of the Father) adapts Brown's own autobiography for this spirited piece, focusing on the, sometimes difficult, fellow's formative years in his large family and in love with sundry women. Day-Lewis is inspired, and Brenda Fricker (also a recipient of an Oscar for her part in this movie) is almost luminous as Christy's dedicated mother. So, too, are Ray McAnally as the hero's stormy father, and Hugh O'Conor (The Young Poisoner's Handbook) as the child Christy. All in all, this is a complete pleasure for viewers. --Tom Keogh , Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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What is refreshing is that the story isn't about a poor wee lad, almost totally crippled (except for that left foot) from birth with cerebral palsy who has no friends, because he has. It's about his sheer fighting spirit & utter determination that gets respect but he also breaks hearts. He uses that foot to score a winning goal in the street but his stoic exasperation often sends his mother to despair. If you thought that Casualty only existed around the firm but fair senior nurse way back when, played by Brenda Fricker, here she is in wonderful Oscar winning form.
Girls are touched by Christy's attention, guys admire his guts and outright cheek. Christy becomes a noted poet and artist, either typed out one character at a time or with a brush, both by using the big toe and adjoining toe of that left foot.
It also casts a revealing spotlight on hard working Dublin family life in the (I estimate) '50s & '60's.
Quote: (Specialist doctor comes to visit him at home. Mother knocks on his bedroom door. A muffled, incoherent expletive is his reply) "I can teach you how to say **ck off more clearly, Christy" the female doctor replies. The start of a real road to self realisation begins.
Believe me, you'll wince, laugh, cry and triumph all the way with this one and one that you'll remember for a long, long time to come.
It's very good.
D.D.Lewis is very good.
But what a lot of reviewers seem to fail to mention is that the young actor, Hugh O'Connor, who plays Kristy brown as a boy, is every bit as riveting a performance as his grown up counter part. And without his marvellous contribution, DDLewis wouldn't have had the platform to leap into the second half of the film. It most definately would have been a lop sided affair. So hats (and socks) off to the casting director.
Some of the editing jars a little, but there's no getting away from the power and the intensity not only of DDLewis's central performance, but the ensemble as a whole. What i probably enjoyed most about DDLewis's performance was how sparingly he played the part. Portraying a character that had to fight for everything he achieved. Creating a hardened exterior in order, not only to survive the day to day poverty and physical barriers he had to endure and overcome, but also, to guard his poet's sensibility. A Fragile yet fearless man. Tormented by the body's restrictions and frustrated by his artist's need to express the love he wanted to give, and the love he most desperately sought to recieve.
It is a film that was made on a shoestring budget, £600,000 and went to video in this country, within about a fortnight after its release.........and subsequently made about $15,000,000.upon its release in the U.S And won numerous awards globally.
The rest is history.
I can only think that this film with it's great actors will help everyone to understand more about what living with such a disability can mean to those people who have not the courage that Christie Brown created for himself as he reached maturity.
I'm always concerned when people talk about 'being normal'…what is normal?
I believe that people who 'speak in guttural sounds' feel that they are communicating with the sound and senses that most non-disabled feel about their voice. Anyway, if you didn't see this portrayal of Christie Brown, just see it if you can. How anyone can not award this film 5 stars is beyond comprehension.
An excellent film about the life and times of christy brown an irish painter who was also a cerebral palsy sufferer, the difficulties christy faced in his day to day life due to his condition and his relationships with other people particularly his mother are central to the story.
Christy was born into a large working class family in the 1930's, the directer portrays this very well with the miserable looking grey concrete, small dark and cramped house, in his very early life christy was considered to be mentally disabled as well as physically disabled with remarks like "D is for dunce" there are several other comments of the same nature all made within the first 30 minutes, this amplifies the impact when christy picks a piece of chalk up with his left foot and writes the word mother on the floor.
His relationship with his mother was also strong with her devotion to him evident from the start, there is a scene early in the film where she is carrying him up the stairs while heavily pregnant and saving every penny she can to buy a wheelchair for him despite the extreme poverty the family suffered, her great understanding of her son is also made clear several times during the film, at one point after christy has received speech therapy his father says " at least you can understand your child now " her response is " i always understood him "
The acting is superb from all of the cast members, in particular the performance put in by daniel day lewis which is simply flawless, well written, well acted and well directed
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great film i've been dying to watch it for years. prompt delivery great servicePublished 10 days ago by alan duffy
Brilliant, really worth a re-visit and certainly worth watching for Day-Lewis's first Oscar performance.Published 3 months ago by NMO