Title: Die Rothaarige

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Year: 2011

Genre: Short / Experimental / Art

Language: N/A

Runtime: 5 min

Director: Talissa Mehringer

Writer: Talissa Mehringer


A pale woman lowers her hands into a barrel of water and finds broken red glass on a bible. As she picks up the pieces of red glass she begins to bleed out of her mouth. The next time she finds a red rose. And the final time - red hair.

Our thoughts:
It's really hard to review something like this when you were 100% unprepared before watching it. This is a completely non-narrative experimental film, and to try and write up a plot synopsis for it is absurd, but since that's something we have to do in our reviews, I gave it a shot. What I really did was write what happens in the film.

To be more detailed about it... The short takes place in a white room with white textile walls. On these walls there are grey lines and trees painted on them. There's a pale-white woman sitting in the middle of this small space, and she's wearing a strange sort of hat/crown. In front of her is a large metal barell of water. She lowers her hands into the barrel and finds a bible. On top of the bible are pieces of broken glass. The pieces are red. She picks them up and starts to bleed from her mouth, so she puts them back down. She starts to tear off pieces from her crown. The next time she lowers her hands into the barrel, there's a red rose on the bible. When she picks it up her arms are covered in red gloves. She repeats herself and puts the rose back down. The last time she finds a bottle, and in the bottle is some red hair. When she picks it up she her head is covered with red textile hair.

Does this help in explaining the movie? Only vaguely. The movie is so much more than the actions of our actress (Sheila Regan). It's all about the composition. The pale look, the close-ups, the excellent shots of the red objects on top of the bible, the music. It all helps this become a very interesting avant-garde short, showing nothing but excellent taste and talent from our filmmaker Talissa Mehringer. She's the director, cinematographer, editor, set/costume designer and musician for this film, and it's quite the art work.

"Die Rothaarige" (which I guess means "The Red-haired") is subtle but creepy, and is a good addition to the ever-growing world of experimental short films. It's just as much a performance as it is film art, and I think when the two can be melted together this well it's fantastic to watch. This reminds me of Usama Alshaibi's "Convulsion Expulsion", not only because it brings red into a white world, but because it's performance art, experimental film, surrealism, visually great and a quick punch to many of your senses.

Positive things:
- You're really thrown into something you can't possibly understand.
- Looks great! The close-ups are wonderfully detailed.
- Talissa Mehringer and Sheila Regan made quite a team.
Negative things:
- I have a feeling that this won't be as widely appreciated as I'd like for it to be.

Gore: 0.5/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 2/5
Effects: 3/5
Comedy: 0/5

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