My Left Foot is a 1989 inspirational drama directed by Jim Sheridan. The film is based on a book of the same name written by Christy Brown who is also the subject of the film. Christy Brown (Daniel Day-Lewis) was born a quadriplegic prone to spastic outbursts. He was born into a large, poor Irish household. For the first 10 years of his life, he was treated as though mentally retarded with no hopes of ever advancing in life. His kindly mother, Mrs. Brown (Brenda Fricker), also a teacher, begins to recognize that Christy is actually an intellectually sound and thoughtful young man. With her help, Christy begins to master his the pain of his physically challenging life and goes on to become a writer and poet. In order to write, he uses the only functional limb on his wracked body, his left foot. Christy also learns to paint and becomes an accomplished writer, poet, and artist.