The Final Girls Berlin Film Festival showcases female filmmakers movies from all across the globe. Held in Kino Wedding, 2020’s collection of dark cinema ran between 6th -9th February. A totally bizarre and frustrating tale of Tito and his trauma written by director-writer Grace Glowicki. A deep dive into an agoraphobic’s tortuous life, Tito is a hard one to figure out. At best, it’s a movie that certainly gives a character study into just how scary the world is for those with social anxiety.
The only clue as to what caused Tito to become so scared is a red whistle seen in opening scenes. An emergency whistle hangs from his neck everywhere he goes. He scurries about trying to get home and is absolutely terrified of his own shadow. The underpinning score is frantic and Tito is extremely gaunt. He’s also unkempt and hunched over to show he’s been running for some time. His whistle is what I assume represents that he is often chased by something frightening, unseen and unexplained.
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In addition, the role of Tito is played by its creator, Grace Glowicki and all up the film comprises of two central characters. It doesn’t leave a lot of room for centering in on what the story needs to say. A short run time of only 70 minutes and minimal dialogue also adds to deficiencies in marketing exactly what I was supposed to be taking away from it. Grace plays a man, who speaks like a woman and despite effective use of costuming and oily make-up, looks like a woman. It’s only when we are introduced to his neighbor John who repeatedly calls him ‘brother’ and ‘man’ so often it begins to grate that this information is passed on.
John (Ben Petrie) comes into the story as a hero of suspicion almost immediately. Despite coming into Tito’s life, bearing gifts, at the same time he appears after having broken into his house to do so. Like a bulldozer, John is a demanding and overbearing quasi-ally. He explains his sudden intrusion into Tito’s life and coerces him into opening up using cannabis and full spread breakfasts. Then he is always there. Tito, on the other hand, is happy for some friendly company. He seems puzzled but curious as they get to know one another. Initially, John doesn’t seem to want anything from him, but it’s easy to spot the creepy conversion of power as John realizes that weed is something he can use to get more than he should from his new acquaintance.
Overall, Tito is less of a narrative movie and more of an atmospheric concoction of a few vague ideas. For me, I didn’t connect too much with any of it however I appreciate that there is plenty of conversation being had about exactly what it’s trying to do. Maybe it’s not trying to do anything and merely portrays the unexpected roles of people who come and go in our lives sometimes make it better and sometimes do not.
I give Tito
2 John is a bad wingman out of 5
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