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A lonely middle-aged mother hires a young male prostitute for an evening. When intimacy overwhelms her, she has the escort role-play her son’s life, beginning with his birth.

‘Ringo’ is the type of film that will make you feel a tad uncomfortable, but director Yaara Sumeruk finds a way to take that uneasiness and drive the film with it. The discomfort eventually, almost guilt-fully, turns into interest and pleasure (comical pleasure of course).

‘Ringo’ was shot over two days in a hotel room on the Upper West Side of New York City. It is adapted from a play by Chris Davis, which Yaara directed for the stage before turning into a film. ‘Ringo’ premiered at The Locarno International Film Festival, and is used as part of the syllabus at Tel Aviv University Film & Television Department to study shooting in a single location. RINGO was made with the loving support of Kickstarter backers

This type of humour is impossible to achieve without a crafty script, and actors who fully embrace their parts, Michelle Sims and Max Carpenter send us through this weirdly unique experience quite effortlessly. The filmmakers are now developing a feature, not based on ‘Ringo’, but aims to be as darkly delightful.


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