MOVIE REVIEW: RUTHIE AND CONNIE: EVERY ROOM IN THE HOUSE
There's a reason this lovely 56-minute documentary is being spotlighted at so many gay film festivals this year: It's truly superb in every way. Funny, uplifting and discerning, "Ruthie and Connie" doesn't outstay its welcome as so many documentaries nowadays do by at least a half an hour. That the names Cinemax and Sheila Nevins spin by on the end credits only makes sense. Ms. Nevins has been the financial supporter and spirit of about 75 percent of the best docs of the past decade.
Here noted documentary director Dickson turns her cameras on two grandmas who've been friends for 40 years and lovers for 25: Ruth Berman and Connie Kurtz. "We've been through it all," one says. "Bogey and Bacall have nothing on us." They certainly don't.
When they finally realized they were made for each other, Ruthie and Connie gave up spouses, children, friends and stability to find happiness. An added incentive: as Connie says of her hetero married days, "I never had an orgasm in 18 years."
"We're like a bicycle built for two where you don't have to tell the other rider to start with her left foot," Ruth adds.
Happy now, with homes both in Brooklyn and Florida, the gals relate how they first realized they loved each other, how they first kissed, and the pain they felt and caused themselves and their families when they moved in together. (They even kept separate bedrooms for show.) Then there was the prejudice spewed upon them by the community. But they survived, became successful activists, appeared on Phil Donahue and reunited with most of their kids.
So whether you're lesbian, gay, bisexual, a drag queen, a preop, a postop or homosexually impaired, this film will teach you how to feel great about yourself.
-- Brandon Judell
Director: Dickson, Deborah
Starring: Ruth Berman ; Connie Kurtz