Title: Under The Red Umbrella

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Year: 2009

Genre: Short / Documentary

Language: English

Runtime: 15 min

Director: Julia Ostertag

Writer: Julia Ostertag & S. Rodriguez


Have you taken a deeper look into the world of sex workers before? "Under The Red Umbrella" let's you get into the mind of a sex worker who thinks people's point of view about the theme in question is corrupted. This documentary shows that not all prostitutes are living a harmful life of abuse and drugs, but that some actually do it because they want to, and have the privilege to choose clients and preferences.

Our thoughts:
After watching "Xperimental Eros" I didn't wait many minutes until I contacted the director of the featured short film "Sexjunkie"; Julia Ostertag. As I found out, she is not only a good filmmaker but someone that was really easy to talk to, and before I knew it she agreed to send four of her other works to me to review. "Under The Red Umbrella" was the first one to pop into the DVD player. A documentary about prostitution from a positive angle; from a person who does it for themselves as much as the clients. A person who thinks of it as a very important job that is of big help to people who need it. And I must actually agree here, I personally see nothing wrong with prostitution if done without abuse, pimps and all that. If someone wants to sell their body, why not let them?

We follow a sex worker, under the name S. Rodriquez as she shares her daily routines and her clients most common requests. She feels very privileged to be able to work as a prostitute but also be able to pick and skip clients as she wishes, and that most people who request her services actually accepts her rules and strays away from abuse. This is a short film so it never goes into deeper detail but it's an interesting look into a forbidden world and it pretty much stands for exactly the same things as I do on this point; prostitution on their own terms should be fine. As long as no one is hurt by it and no one is forced into the business.

Not that much can really be said about the film; it's a short documentary that shows us a world that many of us don't know about. Even if it's just for 15 minutes. It's done with style and not just as an interview. One example is how it starts and ends. It starts with our lead going into an abandoned building to change into work clothes, and of course in the end we're back to go back to casual clothing. I am sure it's not that this person goes to these torn down buildings to change clothes, but this is something that gave it a more interesting touch. It brought out alot of our thoughts of how cheap and dark the world of prostitution is. Julia Ostertag did a pretty good documentary in this short runtime, my only complaint would be that it should've gone a bit more into details.

Positive things:
- Short and to the point.
- Love the photo session-ish shots.
Negative things:
- Could've gone more into detail.

Gore: 0/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 3.5/5
Effects: 0/5
Comedy: 0/5

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