I wanted to watch the original documentary before diving into HBO's Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange telling of it.
This is the trainwreck/cult classic of a documentary from the 70s that captures the lives of Big Edie and Little Edie, a mother and daughter duo who are relatives of Jackie Onassis. They live together in squalor in a big ol' house called Grey Gardens, chatting nonsensically, screaming from floor to floor, arguing, eating, and laughing. The two need each other but the two get on each other's nerves, too.
I actually barely paid attention to what these women were yapping on about as I was too busy staring at Big Edie's crooked bat glasses and Little Edie's clothing, with her insane/genius sense of fashion, making headscarves out of old towels and sweaters and wrapping sheets around her as makeshift dresses. She's fabulous in her own world, especially when she's in the atic dumping out a bag of Wonderbread and then pouring a box of cat food all over it, in an attempt to feed the wild raccoons that nest up there.
Big Edie spends much of her days laying in bed and eating ice cream or cooking corn bedside, while her daughter flips through old photos of herself when she was a model. She states that she moved back home to take care of her mother, and my future suddenly flashed before my eyes. Heck, my present flashed before my eyes.
The true stars of this film for me were the cats! So many cats!! Whether it's the one meowing on the banister, the one standing on the plate staring at the liver pate, or the one taking a leak behind the giant portrait, I was delighted to see all of them!