Monday, September 5, 2011

Grey Gardens (1975)

There are some strange people out in the world. You never know where you're going to find them, but you usually never forget about them. Edith Bouvier Beale (Big Edie) and her middle-aged daughter (Little Edie) are two strange people that I will never forget. I never met them, but I did watch the documentary about them called Grey Gardens.

Grey Gardens is about Jackie O's eccentric relatives, Big Edie and Little Edie. The documentary captures interesting moments of their lives while they are living in their large decaying estate called Grey Gardens. The two are intent on shutting out what their lives are like at the present time, but they love recalling the past, when they were richer and their lives were full of more friends and a greater quality of life.

The lives of Big Edie and Little Edie are very dysfunctional. This is both entertaining and unnerving to watch. These poor women are living in a house that is filthy due to their hoarding and neglect for keeping the house in better shape, as well as their lifestyles in general. It's odd and it's awful, yet it's so intriguing to watch.


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