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Have a Good Cry at the Trailer for the Upcoming Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds


This upcoming documentary, titled Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, actually got made a year ago, long before both of these legendary women passed away. It also already premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year, after which it received this excellent review at The Hollywood Reporter. According to the review, the documentary helmed by Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens is “warmly engaging” and shows “tremendous affection” for its two charming subjects.

The review also notes that the documentary is not chronological, and that it is a bit “disorderly in its structure,” but that this format works as an illustrative storytelling method, given “the messy family history it surveys.” In the trailer above, it’s already evident that this documentary will feature both poignant and hilarious moments. The effortlessly witty banter between Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds is an absolute joy to see, even as it is tinged with the bittersweet knowledge that both women have left this world.

It’s also clear from this trailer that both women were incredibly close, since they lived in the same apartment complex and spent a lot of time taking mutual care of one another. They describe one another as best friends in addition to mother and daughter, and that connection further highlights the tragedy of Carrie Fisher’s sudden death, and the “broken heart” that caused her mother Debbie Reynolds to soon follow.

HBO had already planned to air this documentary this year anyway, but they’ve moved it up significantly in their release schedule. The film will air this Saturday, January 7th, at 8 PM.

(via Coming Soon)

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