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My Left Foot


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Tookey's Rating
7 /10
 
Average Rating
8.36 /10
 
Starring
Daniel Day-Lewis (AAW, LONDON CRITICS' CIRCLE AWARD - ACTOR OF THE YEAR), Ray McAnally
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Directed by: Jim Sheridan
Written by: Shane Connaughton, Jim Sheridan from Christy Brown's book

 
 
 
Released: 1989
   
Genre: DRAMA
BIOPIC
   
Origin: GB
   
Colour: C
   
Length: 103
 
 


 
Biopic of the able Irish writer and artist, Christy Brown, whose cerebral palsy meant that he had to communicate via the aforementioned organ.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Moving, absorbing, far from depressing, and praiseworthy for the way it addresses the fact that the disabled have sexual feelings too. The objects of Christy's lust - his speech therapist and a nurse - are caricatures by comparison with Christy's parents, exquisitely played by Brenda Fricker and Ray McAnally. But the film works magnificently as a parental love story.

In one of the great screen performances, Daniel Day Lewis (pictured right, with Fiona Shaw) makes Christy emerge as frustrated, devious and totally unsentimentalised, with the result that you sympathise with him all the more. The restaurant scene where he expresses his feelings of frustration is extremely moving. 13 year-old Hugh O'Conor (the child star in Lamb ) is no less effective as the young Christy.


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