Frida, chronicles the life of Frida Kahlo focusing on her fearless and open relationship with husband Diego Rivera as they both played their noteworthy role in art history. Starting with her devastated and lasting relationship with her tutor and husband to her unfaithful and contraversial affair with Leon Trotsky (an exiled communist opposed to the Stalinist bureaucracy in the Soviet Union) to her challenged and passionate affairs with women, Frida Kahlo lived a courageous and adamant life as a political, artistic, and sexual revolutionary.
Throughout the film, Frida exposes her well founded political opinion. She believed in communism and next to her husband, she participated in several manifestations in favor of the less privileged class. She risks herself and her own family to help an exiled Russian communist and she accepts to protect him from the Stalinist persecution he suffered. Kahlo turned to be an increasingly avid and passionate Communist who never was afraid of repression because her political convictions surpassed the fear.
In this fashion, the film also portrays the exceptional artist Kahlo was; she impregnated her epoch with a unique talent. We can appreciate her innovative work, which is a mural of her life. She started doing self-portraits due to the time she spent in bed after the accident. Her distinctive was her stormy life reflected in paintings. The usage of vivid colors portrayed the happiness and the sadness that surrounded her life. Her painful miscarriages appeared in her canvas perpetuating the soreness and the tragic moments of her life revealing her unconscious. She was artistic even in the peculiar way she dressed "...I paint my own reality, The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any consideration..." As a maximum exponent of the Surrealism movment, this incredible artist let us penetrate her unconscious throughout her paintings.
In due course, the film also focused on her revolutionary sex life. She was madly in love with Diego Rivera but her disillusion provoked by his continuous extramarital entanglements made her look into a bisexual world. "I have suffered two accidents in my life, one in which a street car ran me over; the other accident is Diego." She never cared about others' opinion and it is best revealed in the scene during a party held in Tina Modotti's house. Frida wins a beer contest just to dance with Tina a very erotic tango/flamingo, sealing the piece with a passionate kiss. In more than one occassion she switches between men and women relatonship making her more vulnerable to people's comments about her open minded sexual life. Her sexuality was always a point of debate, but her avant garde spirit did not pay attention to this.
The movie is an excellent evidence of the painful but admirable life that this woman had. Her art is her legacy, she wished to be remembered and her wish has come true. "I hope the end is joyful - and I hope never to come back" she said, but she was wrong, she never truly left this world because she had a gutsy life as a political, artist, and sexual revolutionary which is hard to forget.