Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Oscar Project 2018: Edith+Eddie

Movie: Edith+Eddie

This short documentary is about an interracial couple who met and married in their 90s, and were subsequently separated by the woman's daughter (after a legal battle with her other daughter, who wanted her mother to stay in her house with her husband) and a state-appointed guardian. It starts as a sweet romance and then becomes a showcase for the way the rights of older people are taken away from them. There are, obviously, important issues of mental competence to be considered in allowing nonagenarians to make their own decisions, but at least from the way this case was presented in the film, the daughter's motives (she wanted to sell her mother's house) were never really considered and the state-appointed guardian knew virtually nothing about the case. It was heartbreaking.

Availability: Find out how to see the shorts here.

Nominated In:
Documentary (Short Subject): Sure. It looks at an important issue in a compelling, personal way.

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