What a beautiful piece of work Rory Kennedy has created around her amazing mother, Ethel! Mrs. Kennedy became a real person rather than simply a sad public figure that was a part of the so called "American Royalty". Chronicling her life exposed who she was as a person: a wonderful and spirited woman. I just fell in love with this woman.
Clearly, the director made the choice to leave out Kennedy and Skakel scandals. A wise choice from my perspective, certainly enough of that has already been explored.
The interviews were candid and you could feel Ethel Kennedy's joys in talking about the first time she saw Robert Kennedy with the detail about the fire place and love at first sight to the pain when Rory asks about "Daddy's" death and her sad eyes as she gave the gentle directive "talk about something else."
Everything about this documentary felt genuine. The historic official photos as well as family pictures were interwoven with interviews not only with Ethel Kennedy, but with her adult children as well. I gained an insight into the Mrs. Kennedy's character, her legacy and her faith. Though the ladder was perhaps understated, it was clearly present. As an audience, we gained not just a peek into the window, but a seat place on the couch.