"Ethel" (9 tonight, HBO) is a big-hearted documentary, full of love and life, not as tough as its subject, but certainly as elegant.
Directed by Rory Kennedy, the last of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel Kennedy's children, born six months after her father's murder, the film is an appropriate tribute to a woman who raised 11 children, lost two of them and held her ground.
The film features the first interview Ethel Kennedy has given in 25 years, and don't think because she's talking to her daughter, she's cooperative. She's mostly candid, but there are places she refuses to go. One of those places is talking about her late husband's assassination. That's understandable, but her silence, actually, her inability to speak of it, speaks volumes about her lingering pain as a wife and mother, and the nation's lingering pain surrounding that awful day.