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Coco At the Movies: Grey Gardens, HBO

Posted By: Coco Buchanan

Having not seen the entire 1975 Grey Gardens documentary, I was a little spotty on some of the details about the lives of “Big” and “Little” Edie Beale.  Thus, perhaps I have a different (and inaccurate?) perspective on how well this movie does justice and compliments the original documentary.  Overall, I have to say that I found this movie to be at once sad and really inspiring.  Though it could be a little Lifetime-y at times, and though it could be argued to be far too happy as compared with the reality of their situation, I really enjoyed it.

Barrymore and Lange, in the Behind-The-Scenes clips on HBO On Demand, have both iterated that this film is a love story between a mother and daughter.  But more than that, I found this to be about how these women felt the need to distance themselves from society to feel free, and yet were also trapped from and by themselves. 

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