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23 January 2017 4:23 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The famous George Burns quote that “Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city” is literally put into practice by the heroine of Georgian directors Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross’ perceptive and endearing second feature, about a 52-year-old mother who changes her life by moving out of the house. It’s a simple, somewhat mundane scenario that, in the hands of a terrific cast and two talented filmmakers, is transformed into a minor Greek comic-tragedy, with one fearless woman trying to stave off loved ones who smother her with guilt and affection.
Premiering in Sundance’s World Dramatic »
- Jordan Mintzer
Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, the highly anticipated documentary about the relationship between the late Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, debuted on HBO Saturday.
Billed as “an intimate portrait of Hollywood royalty in all its eccentricity,” the 95-minute film documented nearly a year of the Hollywood icon’s lives, — leading up to Reynolds 2015 acceptance of her Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, which Fisher presented.
It was an emotional project to watch, especially after the recent deaths of both women. Fisher, 60, died on Dec. 27 after suffering a heart attack during an 11-hour flight from London to Los Angeles four days prior. »
- Dave Quinn
Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds are gone -- Fisher died at the age of 60 on Dec. 28 and her mother one day later, at 84 -- but there is no chance either will ever be forgotten. The first marker of their lasting legacy is the HBO documentary, Bright Lights, which mixes old family movies and clips of their most famous films, alongside a quirky, glitzy Grey Gardens-esque look at their unique mother-daughter love story.
Watch: 'Bright Lights' Director Says Carrie Fisher Was Caring for 'Ill' Debbie Reynolds During Filming of Documentary
The doc premieres tonight on HBO and, especially in light of both women's passing, proves equal parts heartbreaking and heartwarming. Here are six of Bright Lights' most emotional moments:
1. "I'm going to stay onstage until I drop dead." The documentary's earliest scenes take place in the duo's shared compound as Debbie prepares to head off to one of her shows. A worried »
3 items from 2017
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