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My Left Foot

7.91 h 38 min199015
Daniel Day-Lewis plays the life of Christy Brown with passion and sensitivity in this biog. Brown overcame the limitations of cerebral palsy to become an accomplished painter and writer. We're given a rounded portrait as we follow him playing football, suffering unrequited love and battling alcoholism.
Jim Sheridan
Daniel Day-LewisBrenda Fricker
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4.6 out of 5 stars

838 global ratings

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  2. 12% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 4% of reviews have 3 stars
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Remi ButlerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 September 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
a study in character acting
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I'm gonna keep this short and sweet. The film has problematic stuff throughout, i'm acknowledging it, and i'm talking about something else because others have done a better job with ableist retrospectives. That said i would like to clearly state that able bodied actors should not play the part of disabled people unless there is no other choice.

There is an uncomfortable tone of exceptionalism throughout and as the film progresses it's obvious that this is an intentional choice, they want you to think of Christy Brown as a roguish genius with a disability that he overcome more so than a roguish genius who happened to be disabled. This kind of tone in later films became a genre unto itself, one that is much maligned as it simultaneously infantilizes and exploits disabled people. Ah sorry i said i wasn't going to talk about this.

The plot, being a biopic is quite thin but can be boiled down to Christy trying to find love and being unsuccessful as people see him only as his condition until a nurse looks passed his physical issues and finds a charmingly devilish individual underneath. Honestly this is a garbage take because you don't need to look passed a disability to love someone, actually it's very unhelpful and usually ends up with an unhealthy power dynamic and i'm doing it again i am so sorry.

The films awright innit, got some good acting, a nice musics, but the rampant ableism ruins it.

It's an alright film, Day-Lewis plays a teenager despite being 32.
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Trey BlakeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 February 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Incredible and Uplifting
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This is an amazing story ...Not just Christy Brown's struggle to become the Artist he was , but also his mother's struggle to never give up on him ...Saddly in real life things did not end do happily for Christy as the film suggests it will , but nevertheless this is something you need to see, and your life will be the richer for it .
I also recommend Christy's book ' Down All the Days ' in which he demonstrates that he was a writer of exceptional ability , and a true poet .
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LacrimosaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 March 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
'You put your left foot in.......'
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I've been wanting to see this film for years and for some unknown reason i never managed to until recently.
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.
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MaxReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 December 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
I'm fortunate to be one of many people who's work involves ...
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I'm fortunate to be one of many people who's work involves supporting people with disabilities, some of whom profoundly so.

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.
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Little ChiefReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 January 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Irish film making at its best.
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Day-Lewis is nothing short of extraordinary in the title role while motherly role played by Brenda Fricker and the late great Ray McAnally as the dad is excellent.
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j elReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 July 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A must watch
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I chose to study this film as my end of year essay at university. I remembered the story from when I was a child and it's a film that has always stuck with me. Amazing story of the struggles that families had and the little help that was given to children with impairments. Brilliant story.
J M CondonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 November 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Brilliant story, very well acted, I saw it many years ago and wanted to watch it again and I was not disappointed and for sure I will watch again.
Hugh BlairReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 March 2017
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Five Stars
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This a great, wonderful and moving film
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