Tito is the feature debut of writer/director and actor Grace Glowicki. Tito (Grace Glowicki) is an introverted, paranoid and frightened man who is extremely cautious of the world around him. He keeps himself to himself and goes out of his way to avoid other people if possible.
He’s tall, dresses as inconspicuously as possible and yet with his cartoonish stance, exaggerated body and facial expressions it would be hard not to notice him. However, being alone and doing whatever he likes suits him fine and so when a stranger, John (Ben Petrie) arrives in his house and cooks him a meal, Tito takes some time to adjust.
Tito is probably one of the strangest and yet familiar films you may ever see. Glowicki gives an incredibly physical performance, using her body and her face to contort into extreme expressions, almost becoming a male caricature which may unsettle or amuse some audiences.
However, audiences may find something very close to home in Glowicki’s story of toxic masculinity, peer pressure and what really defines being a man. For the most part, Tito is just a story of a cripplingly shy man who is forced to interact and suddenly finds a friend who he can share his time with. Although much later into the film, Tito starts to realise that John’s influence may have crept in a little too much and by this time he finds that it may be too late.
Glowicki’s performance may seem extreme from a physical standpoint, but she still manages to show all the fears and anxieties of somebody who is very uncomfortable with being forced to adhere to a stereotyped and damaging depiction of masculinity. So, like a dog in a pack, John starts to assert his dominance over Tito (which isn’t difficult) and as Tito starts to lose himself, he finds himself going down a dark path from which he may never return.
The themes and discussions that Tito brings up is something that most audiences may recognise in one way or another and it can affect men in many different ways. Not all men want to go out partying and trying to get as many women as they can to assert their masculinity, yet that is an image of what masculinity means for a lot of people and it is constantly reinforced in society.
It can mean that a lot of men can find themselves pushed into this way of thinking before they even really get to know what kind of person they really are. It can also mean that those men who are not like that may start to wonder whether their behaviour is normal, starting to question whether they’re ‘man enough’. Tito shows that it’s fine to be whoever you want to be, but if you were ever forced into a situation and lost control, you may never be able to get it back.
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