Grey Gardens, 1975 – ★★★½

This is an utterly bonkers film giving an inside look at the relationship between an eccentric mother (big Edie) and daughter (little Edie) living in a decaying old house in East Hampton, NY.

There is no particular plot to follow. The two women are constantly talking over one another and we piece together their histories through old photographs and half-told stories of their childhoods, careers and relationships with men. Often unintentionally funny, I found myself laughing more out of amazement at the situation rather than humour. On occasions I did feel uncomfortable laughing as there was a real sense of despair in their damaged lives.

Come the end, I certainly wanted to know more about these ladies and what happened to them next. I’d also like to find out more of the background to the film. We often get a glimpse of the filmmakers and towards the end as the women begin to unravel even more they are being brought in to conversations and asked for opinions.

I went to see this film as part of the Side Cinema’s film and music season. It was selected for the programme by singer/songwriter Gem Andrews who followed the screening with a short set.

Vía Letterboxd – ekcragg

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