Written and directed by J.D.P. Croy, Fran is lost, she has been for years. She feels alone and now social interaction only happens online. She decides to use an application named ‘The Fit’ in order to find herself a link. Starring: Dewi Sarginson and Katie Hart.
The idea of finding your other half by just making a few taps on your phone may have sounded ridiculous years ago but now is technically possible, The Fit takes that concept a few steps further. If you could order a soul mate made just for you to be delivered on your doorstep, would you? It delves into how self-serving attitudes can only get you so far, relationships have to go both ways or they’re not a partner, they’re simply providing a service. It also brings in the fickle nature of dating apps; deep and meaningful relationships can’t be plucked out of a few swipes, they take time and work. However, the story does move rather slowly and takes a couple of leaps with its sci-fi, futuristic styled elements which aren’t smooth transitions and could use more context.
Directorially, J.D.P. Croy nicely brings together the different themes of the story, starting out with a nostalgic, romantic home video style. There’s some strong outdoor location choices which add a lot of production value and enrich the visual. There’s also a pensive atmosphere that runs throughout, adding to the moral and ethical questions at work. When exploring with the romantic element, it creates a very playful edge, almost touching upon a Buster Keaton like patter. There are moments where it could have sped itself up to reach a bigger energy, and help with the fairly slow pacing, tending to spend slightly longer than necessary on the romantic vein.
Dewi Sarginson does a great job of providing an intense vulnerability, as well as plenty of loneliness and desperation. There’s a certain personality balance that has to established with this type of character so they can follow that journey of realising their selfishness, while not becoming too self-absorbed or arrogant and Sarginson captures that well. She’s likable and sympathetic but holds an edge of questionability, to make you unsure where she’ll land. Katie Hart walks that typical line between human and artificial, making you sympathetic to her but not entirely forgetting that she’s AI. The two of them have an initial nice chemistry but there’s always that layer of separation, pushing the artificial nature.
The Fit is a creative look at the impatience, loneliness and selfishness of modern society and how the world of dating has quickly become more vapid and self-serving. It’s a relevant story and mixes nicely with the classic questions about using artificial intelligence to serve your own desires, and what that ease of satisfaction could do to your mental health. Its shot well, using a variety of different styles and creating a solid atmosphere. The story could move faster and there was room to add additional context to its latter plot points but it’s entertaining and mixes playfulness with a touch of pathos.