32 Pills: My Sister’s Suicide

32 PILLS: MY SISTER'S SUICIDE (Hope Litoff, U.S.). 85 minutes. Rating: NNNN The premise - loving sister Hope Litoff digs into her sister.


32 PILLS: MY SISTER’S SUICIDE (Hope Litoff, U.S.). 85 minutes. Rating: NNNN


The premise – loving sister Hope Litoff digs into her sister Ruth Litoff‘s belongings to learn more about her suicide – could have gone way south, but two elements make 32 Pills extremely compelling.

First, Ruth was a gifted artist, and the images of her very personal and beautiful work – often accompanied by pain-laden text – create a vivid portrait of a talented woman struggling with depression.

The title refers to the various pharmaceuticals Ruth took during her lifetime. Hope lays out hundreds of bottles on a long table – which trigger her, a former addict who’s been sober for years. When she falls off the wagon – sucking back vodka, for example, and sampling pills from Ruth’s stash – one ofthe director’s filmmaking colleaguess finally expresses her distress, raising the dilemma many doc makers face: when do I intervene when my subject is doing harm?

May 1, 9:30 pm, TIFF 1 May 2, 1:45 pm, Isabel Bader May 5, 3:30 pm, Revue May 7, 3:30 pm, TIFF 1

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