THE FITS
2015, Oscilloscope Laboratories, 72 min, USA, Dir: Anna Rose Holmer

Toni (National Board of Review Breakthrough Performance winner Royalty Hightower) trains as a boxer at a community center in Cincinnati’s West End but becomes fascinated by the dance team that also practices there. Toni eventually joins the group, eagerly absorbing routines, mastering drills and even piercing her own ears to fit in - until the captain faints during practice. By the end of the week, most of the girls on the team suffer from episodes of swooning, moaning and shaking in a seemingly uncontrollable catharsis, which the young women embrace as a rite of passage. Toni fears “the fits” but is equally afraid of losing her place just as she’s found her footing, and must decide how far she will go to embody her new ideals.


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