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VOD Review: Tito

September 2, 2020

By John Corrado

★★½ (out of 4)

There are many things that could be said about Tito, an offbeat Canadian character study from multi-hyphenated writer-director-star Grace Glowicki, but the one thing you can’t say is that it is in any way conventional. In fact, Tito is completely unconventional, often defiantly and interestingly so.

The film follows a paranoid, agoraphobic shut-in named Tito (Glowicki), who lives alone and freaks out every time he needs to leave the house to get food, imagining that unseen monsters are chasing him. Tito is possibly schizophrenic or autistic, but never labelled. In fact, we don’t know much about him at all, not even where he came from or why he is living alone in this house.

Then Tito wakes up one morning to find his neighbour, John (Ben Petrie), in his kitchen cooking an elaborate breakfast. John is a stoner who explains that he noticed Tito rarely leaves the house and figured he must have been hungry. From here, an odd friendship is born between the selectively verbal Tito and the very talkative John, who offers puffs of his joint to help calm Tito’s nerves.

At a scant seventy minutes long, Tito doesn’t have much in the way of plot, and a lot of what happens is kept purposely hazy. But what it serves as is an impressive showcase for Glowicki’s performance. With baggy black clothes, long stringy hair, and exaggerated sideburns, Glowicki disappears into the role, contorting herself to portray Tito’s awkward and nervous mannerisms. It’s an interesting example of full-body acting that allows the film, if nothing else, to serve as an intriguing piece of performance art.

Watching the film is itself a unique experience, with the cinematography, sound design, and at times exaggerated foley doing a good job of simulating sensory overload. While I don’t know if it amounts to much more than an odd little curio, Tito features a fully committed performance by Glowicki and enough ambient weirdness to keep us watching. It won’t be for everyone, but check it out if you are looking for something unique, strange, and almost undefinable.

Tito is now available for rent and purchase on a variety of digital and VOD platforms. It’s being distributed in Canada by levelFILM.

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