Directed By : Jim Sheridan
Written By : Christy Brown (Book), Jim Sheridan, Shane Connaughton
Two white luxury cars arrive in a suburb of Dublin to take Christy Brown and his family to a fund raiser for people suffering from cerebral palsy. Christy Brown was born in the year 1932 with severe case of cerebral palsy and was essentially paralyzed except for one foot. While doctors and the boy’s father dismissed him as hopelessly retarded his mother never gave up on her son. Christy had 12 brother and sisters and his father was a bricklayer with meager salary but yet his mother taught him to read write and took care of him tirelessly. He rewarded her efforts and love by writing mother as his first full word with chalk on the floor. From their started the actual journey of Christy Brown, a journey that took him through heart break, pain, self pity and to success as a writer, painter and eventually to love and marriage.My Left Foot is the story about the inspirational and magnificent life of Christy Brown.
|Christy Brown with his mother|
A lot of credit also goes to Ray McAnally playin Mr. Paddy Brown Christy's father, a brickie and a man who likes to be obeyed and in command. His acting adds a lot of authenticity to the character. His performance in scenes of hatred for Christy and after being laid off are was really good. The whole cast actually did very well to keep the emotional factor of the movie intact. I feel Hugh O'Corner deserves special applause for his portrayal of Christy Browns childhood. He kept that pain through out on his face and every time he made an effort to drag or write it actually felt like he was in real pain, a highly commendable performance from him.
Jim Sheriden does a bloody good job by capturing the emotion of the charcters and keeping the sensitivity of the movie. There are some very poignant scenes in the movie and a lot of credit goes to Jim for shooting them so briliantly. He puts in hummour too in a very sentimental and emotional movie and which works very well for the movie. Jim also desrves credit for bringing out best from each of his artists and turning a wonderful script into an even more brilliant movie.
The movie is no doubt exceptional but whats more extraordinary is life of Christy Brown who lived through it,being struck in a wheelchair and limited by his physical condition all his life, Christy and Mrs Bridget Brown prove that if one can dream and aspire for it, its achievable. The movie was nominated for six Academy Awards with Daniel Day Lewis and Brenda Fricker winning it for their portrayal of Christy Brown and Bridget Brown respectively. A remarkable movie about an equally remarkable man, a must watch.
Plus : Daniel Day Lewis and Brenda Fricker's performance.
Minus : None
Rating : 9/10