My Left Foot
This is the true story of Irish writer Christy Brown, who was born with cerebral palsy and learned to write using just his left foot.
No one expects much from Christy Brown (Daniel Day-Lewis), a boy with cerebral palsy born into a working-class Irish family. Though Christy is a spastic quadriplegic and essentially paralyzed, a miraculous event occurs when, at the age of 5, he demonstrates control of his left foot by using chalk to scrawl a word on the floor. With the help of his steely mother (Brenda Fricker) -- and no shortage of grit and determination -- Christy overcomes his infirmity to become a painter, poet, and author.
An intelligent, beautifully acted adaptation of Christy Brown's first book.