Thursday, April 25, 2019

Ariela Rubin on ASK DR RUTH (2019) Tribeca 2019

I loved this documentary! Ask Dr. Ruth is about the famous sex therapist Dr. Ruth. Who hasn’t heard of her? Of course I had, but I didn’t know much about her.

The film started with a very funny opening of Dr. Ruth talking to “Alexa”. From there, it was a mixture of laughs, and sadness. Ruth tells us her story. A story of a German-born Jew, whose parents sent her to Switzerland when she was 10, only to never see them again. She still has all the letters her parents sent her, until she stopped receiving them.

She has had quite the life. She discusses her life in the orphanage, and the story of her first love. He is in the film, and she is still in touch with him. (These scenes were so sweet). She also talks about how she lost her virginity, of her several marriages, of the time she lived in Israel, and when she was trained as a sniper.

She is a resilient woman. She is charming, and hilarious. She’s 4’7”, but said she feels 6 feet. She tells us that there’s no such thing as normal, and hates that word.

I can’t say enough good things about this doc. I can’t recommend this film enough. I loved it. It was a joy to watch.

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