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Watched: 18 January

A striking, vibrant portrait of the artist Frida Kahlo that’s perhaps most notable for the energetic, effervescent performance by Salma Hayek, though it did win Oscars for score and make-up too, and Kahlo’s artwork informs the production design and certain flights of fancy that occur.

Typically, for a movie about an artist, it concentrates a little too much on Frida’s love life (at the expense of her artistic process and working life) for my liking, but I do appreciate that the time spent on Kahlo’s affairs with Leon Trotsky (Geoffrey Rush, accent and all) and Diego Rivera (Alfred Molina) serves adequately as a way of portraying her as a person who was full of passion and emotion. I expected, and wanted more, but it’s fine. (***)