My Left Foot
Irish Jim Sheridan's arrest directorial debut My Left Foot from 1989 depicts a life of solitude, tenacity and strength. The film is a biographical reflection on the writer and artist Christy Brown, whose incredibly complicated birth led to a brain injury and a mobility condition limited to his left foot. Despite his physical limitations Brown matures into a cantankerous writer who manages not only to succed in writting and paiting but also in challenging prejudices. Daniel Day-Lewis won an Academy Award for Best Actor for the physically demanding interpretation of Brown and Brenda Frickers portrayal of Christy's hardworking, struggling mother won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.