Edith+Eddie (2017)


“What did I love about Edith? Well she was kind and considerate when talking to me. it’s not the color of the skin, but the heart… That’s what we decided. – Eddie

Number of Times Seen – 1 (8 Feb 2018)

Brief Synopsis – Documentary about the oldest interracial couple and how their families react to their circumstances.

My Take on it – This is a film that I heard about a few months ago and have been interested in seeing because of all of the media attention it has received recently.

They don’t pull any punches here and show the way of life of an elderly couple and they struggles they have with their own families and with the system that doesn’t necessarily know the best way to help them.

Unlike many documentaries that have some kind of agenda, this film shows us the day to day life of this couple and goes in directions that are quite hard to predict beforehand which helps make it that much more interesting.

This film was recently nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short and it is quite deserving of such accolades because of the way this story is told to us.

I haven’t yet seen any of the other films nominated in this category, but this one seems to be hailed as the front runner and I can’t say that I would be upset if it does end up managing to win the Oscar in 3 weeks.

Bottom Line – This is an enjoyable short documentary that shows the life of the oldest interracial couple in America.  They don’t pull any punches here and show the way that these people are treated by their family members.  The fact that the story goes in directions that you probably wouldn’t expect helps make it even more interesting because it doesn’t follow a set path as many documentaries do.  Definitely deserving of it’s Oscar nomination for best Documentary short.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Cher saw a local news story about Edith and Eddie’s case and was so moved she became involved in their lives, offering to pay for Edith Hill’s medical expenses as well as costs associated with fixing up the couple’s home. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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2 thoughts on “Edith+Eddie (2017)

  1. Glad you liked the film. Especially since one of the nominees – Thomas Le Wright – is one of my best and oldest friends. You picked up on the angle that makes this movie so moving – which is that it does go in an unexpected direction. It began as a story about the oldest interracial married couple in the United States – and given the current climate – that in and of itself is a weighty issue and carries a lot of baggage. What is so intriguing is that – during filming – it takes a turn and begins to drift into a story of elder abuse – and the filmmakers went where the story took them and away from the story they initially thought they were going to tell. It becomes quite sad and tragic in the way it plays out – and what you don’t know while watching it – because it happened after the filming was completed – and the documentary started making the rounds – and it was all “locked in” as far as the film was concerned – is that while Edith’s family (some of them) were forcibly keeping them apart – and Eddie is hospitalized – they never were able to get back together. Eddie passed away. And since then, Edith has passed away as well.

    Cher indeed became involved and was so moved by the documentary that she contacted them and offered to help and do whatever she could – and was added to the film as an Executive Producer. I’ve only seen 1 other nominee in this category (Heroin(e)), and being as objective as I can – I don’t think it carries the emotional wallop that this one does.

    We’ll see 3 weeks from tonight. In the meantime, I think the Writers Guild Awards are being handed out this evening – on both coasts.

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