Frida: Viva la vida (2019), by Gianni Troilo – Review

The narrative thread is constantly cut to present a fact and leave it adrift without any nuance in the narrative framework.

Perhaps in the mind or intentions of this alleged biopic documentary, it was intended to present the vitalist and cheerful Frida Khalo, but the script work of Jacopo Magri, Marco Pisoni, Gianni Troilo (story: Jacopo Magri, Marco Pisoni) should, without hesitation, entitled 'Frida Khalo and the tragedy of living', since all its development (at least the fundamental one) is based on how bad it was after the traffic accident with a tram that destroyed his back, hips and leg , the bad thing that happened in New York and the bad management of his relationship with the muralist painter Diego Rivera.

Of course, so many people to develop a disjointed script and with obvious narrative chasms, can only give a documentary that brings nothing to the knowledge of Frida's life, in which it only seems that the tragedy was an incessant and fundamental presence. Nothing to do with the phrase ‘Viva la vida’ that they chose to title the documentary and written by the painter in one of her last still lifes of some watermelons.

Troilo did not know where to go, which produces a huge yawn in the viewer.

From the beginning, the tape confesses
that it was very difficult to bring something new to Frida Khalo's intense life before the
the great production of films, documentaries and books that have worked on
his attractive personality, but since you put on and choose that headline: why not
tell that vitality that was seizing with his presence where he wants
appeared. I don't know: your parrandas with Chavela Vargas, your appeal to
intellectuals of the time and his powerful personality.

Do not, Frida: live life it does not contribute anything, it seems rather a narrative spawn taken from Wikipedia, where the narrative thread is constantly cut to present a fact and leave it adrift without any nuance in the framework of the narrative.

Of course, to see his suffering with the back injury and his amputations (with scandals of doubtful reality); it is a minimal part of Khalo and that they have nothing to do with a full life that would end up taking refuge in the painting, but that in parallel contained a woman very socially and politically advanced to her time; something that Troilo has not achieved because he did not know where to go, which produces an immense yawn in the viewer.


Synopsis Frida Kahlo's silhouette is recognized around the world as a symbol of feminism and artistic revolution. This production discovers, through a journey through his pictorial and epistolary work, the two faces of the Mexican artist.
country Italy
Address Gianni Troilo
Script Jacopo Magri, Marco Pisoni, Gianni Troilo
Music Anzovino Rowing
Gender Documentary film
Duration 90 min
Original title Frida: Live life
Premiere 03/08/2020

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