in about 100 words or less
Ireland/UK 103m, Colour
Director: Jim Sheridan; Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Hugh O’Conor, Ray McAnally, Brenda Fricker, Cyril Cusack, Fiona Shaw, Adrian Dunbar, Ruth McCabe, Alison Whelan
My Left Foot is the adaptation of Christy Brown’s 1954 inspirational autobiography of the same name. Born with cerebral palsy into a poor Irish family with 22 siblings, a good portion of the film deals with Christy’s ability to verbally communicate and his budding career as a self-taught painter-turned writer. Though Daniel Day-Lewis’s remarkable performance as Christy earned him his first Academy Award for Best Actor, Hugh O’Conor’s performance as the young Christy is also highly accomplished (Klaus Ming October 2016).