Mary Poppins Returns
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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.
The elegance and the decadence of two superstars, as Warhol understanded. A great cinematographic travel to East Hamptons. [Full review in Spanish]
An extraordinarily crafty invasion into the lives of Edith Beale and her daughter Edie.
The film resists a focus on the eponymous house's restoration, instead representing the women's chaotic lives as a non-linear series of moments.
As tender and revealing as it is completely bonkers.
Watch 'Grey Gardens' long enough and the question of exploitation drops, leaving potential victims to become real people.
Old-money outcasts, or dropouts by lifestyle choice, the Beale ladies are not condescended to, smirked at or exhibited.
This precursor of modern reality television is cinéma vérité at its best, not just observing or "invading" its subjects' privacy but actually baring naked the insane relationship between these two hilariously eccentric women living together in a decrepit mansion falling apart.
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?
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.
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