That little actress, Royalty Hightower, pulled off a Quvenzhané Wallis like I wasn't expecting! This coming-of-age story with mysterious undertone is a film so short, cute, intriguing and visually beautiful in terms of framing and colours that you just can't resist it. Beware Beyoncé, cuz Toni has discovered her inner fierceness and she's coming for your throne!
A fine indie gem about a pubescent tomboy nervously/awkwardly/eagerly taking steps towards womanhood. But you haven't quite seen it all before, since just when you think you're in for lo-fi realism, the coming of womanhood is filtered through a strange, almost science fiction lens. The film has barely enough narrative material to fill 72 minutes, but its focus and imaginative rhythms are well worth your time.
Do we really need to know why? The film vibrates with a magical energy we rarely see in American independent cinema, and Royalty Hightower never misses a beat. I was often reminded of Kahlil Joseph's music video for Flying Lotus' song "Until the Quiet Comes." This is a movie I will recommend over and over.
"The Fits" is coming-of-age, sports, horror, SF.....Everything and nothing. Anna Rose Holmer is definitely most promising director. I'm glad that MUBI finally registers this film."The Fits" is my No.1 film in 2015. I can't wait the time everyone see this superb film in Sundance.