An astonishing work that tackles the liminal phase between childhood and adolescence, with all the confusion and exuberance that it entails, The Fits is an ethnography of the young that will appeal to anyone who’s ever operated on the periphery. Prepubescent Toni (newcomer Royalty Hightower in an amazing turn) spends her days training alongside her brother in his all-male boxing gym while cautiously observing the female dance team The Lionesses perfect their intricate dance routine nearby. Finally mustering the courage to sign up for the squad, Toni witnesses her teammates being stricken by mysterious convulsive spells that defy explanation. Told with the visual confidence of a veteran filmmaker with superbly naturalistic performances, this deft balance of the strange and joyous is certain to cast a spell.
Cast Makyla Burnam, Lauren Gibson, Royalty Hightower, Da’Sean Minor, Alexis Neblett, Inayah Rodgers
Producer Anna Rose Holmer, Lisa Kjerulff
Screenwriter Saela Davis, Anna Rose Holmer, Lisa Kjerulff
Cinematographer Paul Yee
Editor Saela Davis