Gaby: A True Story (1987)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

USA/Mexico, 1987.  G. Brimmer Productions, TriStar Pictures.  Developed by Luis Mandoki, Screenplay by , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1987.  Golden Globe Awards 1987National Board of Review Awards 1987.  

Soapy but still touching story of a physically challenged young woman who does everything she can to live a perfectly confident life.  is excellent in a true story as Gabriela Brimmer, a woman afflicted by cerebral palsy but taught by her nurse (Norma Aleandro) to read and to write, leading to her very successful career as a poet. Aleandro is marvelous as the kindly nurse, who goes against the girl’s frightened mother (Liv Ullmann) in making sure not to treat the girl like she’s any different from anybody else. Lots of painful moments, lots of triumph, all of it kept very real by director Luis Mandoki. Levin herself experienced paralysis earlier in life because of Guillain-Barre syndrome, overcoming it to continue on to an acting career on stage and on film.

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