Ask Dr. Ruth
Don’t let her small stature fool you. Standing at less than five feet tall, Dr Ruth Westheimer is a force. A pioneer in the field of sex therapy, she became a household name in the ’80s and ’90s. At 90 years old, she hasn’t stopped working – and still promises the best sex you’ve ever had if you listen to her. Filmmaker Ryan White captures Dr Ruth’s exuberant and snappy personality as she travels from speaking engagements to TV and radio appearances. Her infectious energy is coloured with an almost arresting openness that is joyous and non-judgmental, and the affable rapport between filmmaker and subject is a welcome source of laughter. Running alongside her optimism, however, are storybook-like animations that bring Dr Ruth’s childhood as an orphan of the Holocaust to life. Being separated from her parents and never seeing them again shaped how she would embrace the world. The film is an inspiring and entertaining portrait of a trailblazer that reveals the darkness she emerged from to bring light to so many people.
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