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
Not your typical low budget film from a talented and gifted director.
Extraordinary Indie film about metamorphosis.
Written, produced and directed by Anna Rose Holmer and co-written by Saela Davis.
I love the way this film is depicted. Not very often does the subject of black drill dance teams ever explored. Although most of the black community knows them all too well that dance drill teams are so much a part of the African American existence. These girls are the saviors of the identity of black women and so ingrained into the identity of young black women.
The film begins with a young tomboy being babysat by her brother. He is a boxer and the only family member of hers that she models after. That is until on one particular mundane afternoon while training in boxing, Toni is overwhelmed with curiosity about what the girls her age and older are up to in the afternoons. Toni sits in on a practice session and becomes obsessed with the femininity of the dance movements. Something that is almost completely foreign to her tomboy demeanor.
For most of the film, there is very little dialog at all. But never a dull moment as the camera stays on Toni as she embarks on a quest to be the best dancer in the troupe. There are some set backs though: The Fits. The leaders of the dance troupe get sick with a mysterious illness that is nicknamed, the fits. Royalty Hightower is wonderfully expressive, the cinematography gritty and real. Every character playing their role drawing you into a reality where nothing is what it seems. Toni is a tomboy learning her rite of passage into "girl world" and their mysterious illness that threatens to kill Toni's aspiration as a member of the dance drill team.
Not much music, and yet it isn't needed at all. The soundtrack is mainly the musicality of the script, and counting of the performers teach the dance routine.
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