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3.6
338 Ratings

The Fits

Directed by Anna Rose Holmer
United States, 2015
Drama

Synopsis

A psychological portrait of 11-year-old Toni-a tomboy assimilating to a tight-knit dance team in Cincinnati’s West End.

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The Fits Directed by Anna Rose Holmer

Awards & Festivals

Independent Spirit Awards

2017 | 2 nominations including: Someone to Watch Award

Village Voice Film Poll

2016 | Nominee: Best First Feature

It is indeed an impressive debut that works strongly on a purely cinematic level. The Fits is a film built on the senses: looking, listening, moving, dancing, hitting. The image that remains in the mind is that of its young heroine Toni (Royalty Hightower), and especially her unwavering gaze as she observes her surroundings.
February 23, 2017
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In keeping with the references to Minnelli’s underrated masterpiece [MADAME BOVARY], one must note the final dance number that’s comparable to musical numbers from his better-received work, though it’s not hysterical so much as it is ecstatic. Just one more thing that will stay with you after watching this singular film. Also as impressive as the story and performances is the mise-en-scene; Holmer is no mere stylist—she’s an emerging auteur.
July 29, 2016
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Holmer demonstrates a shrewd understanding of girls’ interior lives. She and cinematographer Paul Yee infuse the community center, in and around which the entire film takes place, with elements of magical realism to accentuate the protagonist’s passage from childhood into adolescence. The neutral color palette and the primal motions of the boxing gym, where the girl finds sanctuary, contrast with the garish glitter and ritualistic movement of the dance class, an exercise in feminine conformity.
July 28, 2016
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