Breezy if unpolished 'Jit' is a comedy from Zimbabwe

February 28, 1994|By Stephen Hunter | Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic

"Jit," which opens today for a week at Baltimore's brave little Orpheum Theater in Fells Point, is itself a brave little movie.

It is to my knowledge the first film out of Zimbabwe, and it's a romantic comedy, no less. Musically driven by the African version of hip-hop (called jit-jive), it's the story of a young waiter named UK, who's determined to win the heart of the beautiful Sofi. Alas, she's been spoken for: by a gangster.

Far from polished, the movie nevertheless has a fundamental breeziness that is very appealing as it works out the various (predictable) machinations of the plot.

It sometimes helps and sometimes hurts that UK is assisted in his quest by his Jukawa, an ancestral spirit who insists that his first responsibility lies with his elderly parent. There's only one way he can deal with his Jukawa: get her drunk.

The movie stars Dominic Makuvachuma as UK and Sibongile Nene as Sofi.

It's worth considering.

MOVIE REVIEW

"Jit"

Starring Dominic Makuvachuma and Sibongile Nene

Directed by Michael Raeburn

Released by Northern Arts Films

Unrated

***

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