Film Style: Frida (2002)

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‘Frida’ starring Salma Hayek  is one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen – every frame has been considered, the lighting suits the mood of each scene, the paintings themselves are cleverly incorporated, and the costumes are magnificent. Salma Hayek was nominated for many awards that year for her portrayal of the iconic Mexican artist, but sadly kept losing to Nicole Kidman in The Hours. It is a crying shame, because she is incredible in this movie, and it completely changed my opinion of her as an actress.

Frida avoids the mistakes of many biopics, and rather than making Frida Kahlo a victim, a saint, or a genius, it makes her human. It also sticks very closely to her true story, so you know that you are close to seeing what things were really like for her. In fact Frida’s own niece said that Salma had perfectly captured her aunt’s spirit.

The costumes, as well as being beautiful, help to tell the story. To start with Frida looks like a typical schoolgirl and wears clothing of the day. We then see her begin to experiment with menswear, and then adopt the colourful traditional Mexican costume she was so well known for. Meanwhile, those around her continue to adapt to the fashions of the times.

Frida gets a 10/10 from me, and I highly recommend it. Worth watching if only for the costumes, but the story itself is fascinating and entirely absorbing.

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