There is this movie called Citizen Ruth that was written and directed by the guy who wrote and directed Sideways, a film that has inspired countless snickers if I even mention the word merlot at my tables. Citizen Ruth, for those who have yet to see it, is a satire about abortion and the right to life in this country. It stars Laura Dern, a pregnant, paint-huffing drifter who finds herself in the center of a national battle on determining the fate of her baby. Each side keeps raising the stakes higher and higher while Ruth, the only one who decides what happens to her baby, is manipulated and lied to and ignored.
I don't want to spoil the ending for people who want to see it--it's good, I highly recommend it--but I am constantly reminded of it as I read and watch reports of what is happening to Terry Schiavo. I am reminded of it when I hear that Congress subpoenaed Terry Schiavo to testify . When I heard that Bush was flying into Washington from his vacation to sign a bill that applies not to cases like hers, but specifically to her only, I was also reminded of Citizen Ruth.
Netflicksters and bit torrenters, I guess what I am saying is, now is a good time to see Citizen Ruth. Enjoyed with a glass of pinot noir, naturally.