Anna Rose Holmer makes an impressive directorial debut with "The Fits"! I can't wait to see what she does next, she is a director we definitely need to keep a close eye on. This film is a technical marvel! Everything from it's editing and sound design to it's camerawork and cinematography is just incredible. By far the best part of this movie is Danny Bensi's eerie score. The music is practically another character!
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!
I like how this film is really nothing of what you have expected at the beginning of it. It goes into this fantasy/terror zone that somehow still manages to be realisitc within the confinements of the film's universe. I don't really know if there is supposed to be a message in here, but if it does, I think I got it.
The whole thing is an extended metaphor so obvious it's almost embarrassing, but the film is packed with an elusive, intoxicating energy and plenty of arresting camera work. The length is perfect and Royalty Hightower is exceptional. Elating, if unchallenging cinema.
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.
Some films fall at least generally into a genre; others carve out a place of their own. But what's surprising is when a film that could've slotted so easily into genre parameters is instead so guilelessly* distinct. Sure, if not for the captivating - almost audacious - sound design & camerawork, I might not have hung in long enough (because: dance movie) to be delighted by its enigmatic originality... Glad I did. 3.5
Smart cinematography and color palette. Holmer relies less on dialogue and instead conveys her narrative through visuals and repetition in editing. Ending sort of a letdown though but perhaps necessary to drive home the ambivalence & ambiguity surrounding puberty.