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.
Audience Reviews for Grey Gardens
An absorbing and darkly-humored film that seems today like a precursor to reality shows, observing the decadent lives of two extremely eccentric women in a decrepit mansion and working as an authentic character study centered on the insane relationship between them.
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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