While training at the gym 11-year-old tomboy Toni becomes entranced with a dance troupe. As she struggles to fit in she finds herself caught up in danger as the group begins to suffer from fainting spells and other violent fits.
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The Fits is a psychological portrait of 11-year-old Toni-a tomboy assimilating to a tight-knit dance team in Cincinnati's West End. Enamored by the power and confidence of this strong community of girls, Toni eagerly absorbs routines, masters drills, and even pierces her own ears to fit in. When a mysterious outbreak of fainting spells plagues the team, Toni's desire for acceptance is twisted. Written by
The Fits features a very clever central idea, depending on how you interpret it of course. Unfortunately, it is just this idea, and it doesn't entirely have a way of pushing it forward.
That's a slightly harsh statement to make generally. Narratively, I think the film struggles to find a way to push it's central premise forward. They have fits, and figuring out how and why they're happening is more a job for the viewer than the screenplay. It makes for an interesting film, although personally I would have liked to have seen it explored on a wider level.
This film was made for less than $200k. That's a lot of money in the real world, but in the film industry that's a remarkably low budget. You'd never have guessed, however. The film is gorgeous to look at, partly down to the crisp lighting and partly down to some fantastic framing and focus. The cinematography really is the highlight of this film. It's also not just used for style - the cinematography does seem to be helping the film form its tone and style as well.
Some people have given great acclaim to this film, and I can absolutely appreciate why. It *just* misses the great level for me, but to discourage people from watching this would be wrong. It's an indie film with many admirable features and some exciting originality, but it just doesn't quite have enough meat on its bones.
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