Gaby: A True Story


(out of 5)

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 () 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 () 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.

G. Brimmer Productions, TriStar Pictures

USA/Mexico, 1987

Directed by

Developed by Luis Mandoki, Screenplay by ,

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by ,

Film Editing by

Academy Award Nomination
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Norma Aleandro as “Florencia”)

Golden Globe Award Nominations
Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama (Rachel Levin)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Norma Aleandro)

National Board Of Review Award
Top Ten Films



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