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My Left Foot

Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Brenda Fricker, etc.
Director: Jim Sheridan
Rated: R
Year of Release: 1989
Video Release Date: January 31, 2001

In this true story, Christy Brown is physically disabled and has great difficulty speaking. Born with cerebral palsy into a large working-class Irish family, the only limb he can adequately control is his left foot. For the first ten years of his life he is mistakenly thought by most to be retarded. But with the support of his determined mother, he overcomes tremendous physical and social obstacles. Learning to use his foot to do what many cannot do with their hands, he gradually develops into a brilliant painter, poet and author.

Viewing Suggestion:

Watch how Christy learns amazing skills with his left foot and creates a happy, lasting love relationship for himself despite his physical challenges.

Ask Yourself:

- Do you feel too challenged by circumstances in your life to believe that you would ever be content or happy again?
- Can you remember a time in your life, even if it was very short, when you were contented or happy despite your challenges?
- Does Christy’s capacity to create fulfilling life in spite of his immense challenges remind you of neglected resources inside you that might help you to achieve the same?