Synopsis by Hal Erickson
This lively, heartwarming, and frequently hilarious documentary is devoted to Ruth Berman and Connie Kurtz, two Jewish grandmothers living together in West Palm Beach, FL. Setting this story apart from the standard "snowbird" saga is the fact that the two women are lesbians, having sustained their relationship for more than 40 years. The relationship began back in Brooklyn, when Ruthie and Connie, living as neighbors in a high-rise, came to the realization that theirs was something more than a close friendship. Given the atmosphere of sexual paranoia of the 1960s, the ladies were at first compelled to keep their romance secret, scrambling about to destroy correspondence or any other evidence that might hint at their preferences. By the early 21st century, they were able to look back and laugh heartily at their earlier trials and tribulations, and back to the memory of their commitment ceremony in a New York gay synagogue. After making the rounds in film-festival circuit in the summer of 2002, Ruthie and Connie: Every Room in the House was telecast by Cinemax June 25, 2003.
lesbianism, activism, coming-out, divorce, friendship, homemaker, Jewish, neighborhood, destiny, gay/lesbian-rights, lover, sexual-attraction, homophobia