Shorts Spotlight: Ringo
In Yaara Sumeruk’s delightfully twisted dark comedy Ringo, adapted from a play by Chris Davis, the worlds of fantasy and reality collide in rather unexpected ways. The film follows a lonely middle-aged mother (Michelle Sims) as she hires Ringo (Chris Davis), a male prostitute, for an evening of intimate fun. To help get the woman in “the mood” Ringo, agrees to engage in a little roll playing. However, he gets more than he bargained for when the woman wants him to re-enact her son’s life from birth. Through Sumeruk’s unconventional premise, the film generates plenty of laughs while simultaneously providing an interesting exploration of the often thankless job of being a mother. Sumeruk aims for more than the simple man acting like a baby tropes that one would expect based on the premise. Instead she tackles the pain of marriages falling apart, the struggles of raising teenagers, and the sense of loneliness many mother experience with a comedic confidence that is both relatable and entertaining.
Director: Yaara Sumeruk / USA / 2011 / 12 Minutes
Starring Michelle Sims and Max Carpenter