Archive of films The Fits / The Fits

2015, 71 min

Section: Variety Critics' Choice
Year: 2016

Eleven-year-old Toni goes boxing with her brother but she wants to become a member of the tight-knit modern dance collective that practices in the adjacent gym. She gets her wish, but when the other girls begin falling prey to the bizarre symptoms of group psychosis, it’s up to her whether or not she’ll be able to get away from there.


An abstract portrait of adolescent emotional dynamics, The Fits uses precise aesthetics to convey the alienation and longing for social inclusion of an 11-year-old tomboy trapped between two worlds. First-time writer-director Anna Rose Holmer crafts a meticulous mood of psychological isolation and beguiling mystery through her metaphorical tale, which exhibits less interest in traditional dramatic conventions than in situating viewers in its protagonist’s particular headspace. Set in Cincinnati’s West End, and taking place almost exclusively in a few confined environmental spaces, the film studies Toni (Royalty Hightower) as she tries out for the Lioness dance squad, whose members begin falling prey to a series of strange fainting spells – which give the film its name and further highlight Toni’s disconnection from those around her, especially since she turns out to be the only one not suffering from the perplexing attacks.

Nick Schager

About the director

Anna Rose Holmer (b. 1985, Rhinebeck, New York) was ranked by Filmmaker magazine as one of 25 New Faces of Independent Film 2015. Competent in a variety of professions, such as screenwriter and director, she also participated in the production of several documentaries focused on music, modern dance, and ballet, including A Ballet in Sneakers: Jerome Robins and Opus Jazz (2010) and Ballet 422, presented in 2014 at the Tribeca film festival. Her fascination with group dance, its rhythms and choreography, found its way into her narrative debut The Fits, which came about with the support of the Sundance Institute and Venice Biennale College. The film also premiered at the Venice fest last year.


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Variety Critics' Choice
Director: Anna Rose Holmer
Screenplay: Anna Rose Holmer, Saela Davis, Lisa Kjerulff
Dir. of Photography: Paul Yee
Music: Danny Bensi, Saunder Jurriaans
Editor: Saela Davis
Art Director: Charlotte Royer
Producer: Lisa Kjerulff, Anna Rose Holmer
Production: Yes, Ma'am!
Cast: Royalty Hightower, Alexis Neblett, Da’Sean Minor, Lauren Gibson, Makyla Burnam
Sales: Mongrel International
Contact: Pascale Ramonda


Anna Rose Holmer

Film Director

Saela Davis

Film Editor, Screenwriter

Chris Foster

Sound Designer


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