Relationships with parents can be complicated, yet fascinating. Perhaps one of the most famous mother-daughter Hollywood duos has unfortunately suffered great tragedy lately, leaving their relationship to a world of memories. A day after Carrie Fisher passed away at the end of 2016, her mother Debbie Reynolds also died.
Many people have wondered if their connection was simply so strong that Reynolds couldn’t bare to go on without her daughter, but their relationship was a source of fascination long before the sadness of their passings. In fact, it was already the subject of an HBO documentary.
The documentary, titled Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, was set to premiere in March, but in light of December’s events, the network decided to bump up the release date to January 7, 2017, at 8:00 p.m.
Bright Lights is over an hour and a half in length, and is a “story of the family’s complicated love,” as well as “an intimate portrait of Hollywood royalty in all its eccentricity.” Shot in 2014 and 2015, the documentary will showcase day-to-day moments of the two actress’ lives as well as their reflections on the past.
A two-minute trailer for Bright Lights was released earlier this week, showing off some tender moments between Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher. For instance, in one shot, Fisher walks over to her mom’s home with a tray of food. In another, they pick out outfits while joking back and forth.
They’ll also delve into darker waters, with Reynolds commenting on her daughter’s manic depressive diagnosis, and Fisher discussing her mother’s aging. “Age is horrible for all of us, but she falls from a greater height,” Fisher says in one clip. Touchingly, Fisher also calls herself her “mom’s best friend,” with Reynolds following up, “I share everything with my daughter, especially the check.”
The pair’s relationship was so powerful that it actually ended up altering the original premise for Bright Lights. According to the directors Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens, it began as “a film about Hollywood royalty, and we ended up making a film about love.”