BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Married at the respective ages of 95 and 96, Edith and Eddie Morrison are the oldest interracial couple. But their relationship comes under threat when Edith’s daughters battle for custody of their mother. They have been under the care of Edith’s loving daughter Rebecca, but if her other daughter Patricia wins custody Edith will be torn from Eddie and sent to Florida. To make matters worse, Edith accuses Patricia’s husband of abusing her, pushing her around and forcing her into washing windows.
You feel genuine love in every moment Edith and Eddie are together. You feel love in the opening scene of them dancing together in a country bar. You feel love when they sit in their church. You even feel their love when their putting on their dentures. The fact they fell in love after sharing a winning lottery ticket makes this seem like something out of a romantic comedy. After seeing their love, you can’t imagine them apart.
Knowing this makes it even more devastating when the court rules in favour of Patricia. It’s clear she cares more about Edith’s inheritance than her happiness. Edith and Eddie are forced in the custody of Estate Planning attorney Patricia Neisen. It’s clear Patricia doesn’t care about Edith’s well-being when she dismisses the claims of abuse with “sounds like someone’s been reading you Cinderella.” Eddie rightly chastises Jessica; warning her “you’re going to remember this till the day you die.”
This is a very heartbreaking short film that makes you worry about how you’ll be treated in your late years.