Title: My Darling Vivian
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Director: Matt Riddlehoover
Runtime: 1 hr 30 mins
What It Is: After “Walk The Line” told the tale of Johnny Cash, this film documents his first wife Vivian Liberto’s life and her side of the story.
What We Think: I believe this film was created for about two main reasons. First of these being the fact that nobody really knew Vivian Liberto, resulting in an unfair, sensationalized portrayal in a Hollywood movie about her ex-husband’s life. As you watch, you quickly realize the second reason is that Vivian was an extraordinarily strong person who had a unique life riddled with extreme hardship. The story is shared by Vivian and Johnny’s four children and isn’t glamorized or glossed over. Accompanying the sister’s honest recollections are videos and photographs of the couple, and then family. Because of the execution, it feels down to earth, and almost nostalgic. Obviously this is a very personal film, and it does feel like being let into something very special and private, but again, entirely lacking sensationalism. Just as it should have been told in the first place.
Our Grade: A+, This documentary is another reminder of how celebrities are flawed humans just like us. It’s especially a reminder to remember the people who were close to them are also human, real people, who have to deal with the fallout of their loved one’s fame, and fame itself. Even while not knowing Vivian personally, I can’t help but feel a sense of contentment at this documentary having been created. It feels heavily justified, and necessary, and I have a lot of respect for the children for making this. I could talk so much more about this film. But I can’t recommend just seeing the film for yourself whenever this one comes out!