Grey Gardens (1975)
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Critic Reviews for Grey Gardens
Edith and Edie are like a toxic vaudeville team, joined not just by blood but affinity. They're three parts folie a deux to two parts shtick.
The beauty of this film is the dignity it imparts to the Beales, trapped in their pasts. They failed to launch, yet paradoxically, they continue to fly so high.
Richly detailed and boundlessly evocative, even at its most claustrophobic.
Rarely have high spirits and theatrical energy seemed like such a tragic waste; an era and its myths seem to be dying on-screen in real time.
Grey Gardens became a cult film in the '70s, when mavericks and outsiders were the heroes and heroines and the Beales were valued for their alternative world and their priceless eccentricity.
Audience Reviews for Grey Gardens
One of the best portrayals of a relationship committed to film that I've ever seen. A strong testament to both the liberating power and the imprisoning isolation of divorcing oneself from present reality. Staunch characters indeed.
Fascinating. Good cautionary story against living with your mother in your old age!
Edith Beale and her daughter "little Edie," relatives of Jackie Kennedy, live in a decaying mansion in the Hamptons littered with garbage; now in her 50s, the delusional little Edie takes care of her shrewish mother while dreaming of getting married and becoming a professional dancer. Who knew "No Exit" was a documentary?
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