Thursday, November 1, 2012


Ethel Kennedy's background bore many similarities to her husband Bobby's, both being from prominent, extended East Coast Irish families. Her outgoing and charming personality provided a balance and comfort to his serious mindedness and to the tumultuous times he faced during his political tenure as U.S. Attorney and New York Senator. Following his assassination, Ethel took on the role of sole caregiver with the same tenacity demonstrated throughout her life. "Ethel" is a loving documentary made by Rory Kennedy, the youngest of Bobby and Ethel's eleven children, and featuring the participation of her remaining siblings. There is nothing revelatory about the film or the stock footage it features, but the added personal touch and Ethel's wonderful presence, make this an extremely rewarding non-fiction feature.