Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
Rating Explanation: for sexuality/nudity and language
DVD Features: Salma Hayek conversation; Julie Taymor feature commentary; Elliot Goldenthal selected-scenes commentary; AFI Julie Taymor Q & A; Bill Moyers' Julie Taymor interview; Chavela Vargas interview; The vision, design, and music of Frida; Salma Hayek's recording sessions; Real locations of Frida Kahlo's life & art; Portrait of an artist; 2 visual effects pieces: "Amoeba Proteus" and "The Brothers Quay"; Frida Kahlo facts; The voice of Lila Downs; French language track; Spanish subtitles; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; Widescreen version enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs.
Khalo's paintings come to life through a series of vivid surrealist sequences, but there's no real sense of her lifelong physical and emotional pains that obviously influenced her art, despite the fact that she was injured in a horrible bus accident when she was just 18 years old. Bedridden for months in a full-body cast, the young Frida kept herself busy learning to express her passions and her pain through drawing and painting. Falling in with and even marrying the womanizing Diego Rivera (Alfred Molina) and surrounded by his bohemian band of artists and revolutionaries, the couple are shown trooping from Mexico to New York and back and along the way encountering such memorable historical figures as photographer Tina Modotti (Ashley Judd), David Alfaro Siqueiros (Antonio Banderas), Nelson Rockefeller (Ed Norton), and Leon Trotsky (Geoffery Rush). With the power that matched Kalo's tempestuous life, director Julie Taymor has created a colorful cinematic experience, yet it's a powerful but overlong film biography.