The Fits (Anna Rose Holmer, USA 2015)

The Fits

A mysterious and fascinating movie, though at times the tension falls away

Cast: Royalty Hightower, Alexis Neblett, Makyla Burnam, Da’Sean Minor, Inayah Rodgers, Antonio A.B. Grant Jr., Lauren Gibson
Director: Anna Rose Holmer
Writer: Saela Davis, Anna Rose Holmer, Lisa Kjerulff
Cinematographer: Paul Yee
Editor: Saela Davis
Composer: Danny Bensi, Saunder Jurriaans

Hounddog (Deborah Kampmeier, USA 2007)

Hounddog

“Rape and repressions are the two sides of the same coin. When you rape a girl, the problem is not that you’re taking away her purity, which gets everyone all up in arms. It’s that you’re taking away her wholeness. Trying to keep her pure, repressing her sexuality also takes her wholeness. I don’t want my daughter to grow up pure. I want her to grow whole.”  says Anja in Split.
The idea of sexual violence taking a woman’s or a girl’s wholeness is the leading theme in Deborah Kampmeier’s three movies (Split, Virgin, and Hounddog).

Cast: Dakota Fanning, David Morse, Piper Laurie, Afemo Omilami, Robin Wright Penn, Cody Hanford, Jill Scott
Written and directed by Deborah Kampmeier
Music: Gisburg
Cinematography: Jim Denault
Photography: Edward Lachman
Editing: Sabine Hoffman

 

The Edge Of Seventeen (Kelly Fremon Craig, USA 2016)

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A notch above other coming-of-age movies for its very accurate portray of the egocentric worldview that characterizes adolescence

Cast: Hailee Steinfeld, Haley Lu Richardson, Blake Jenner, Kyra Sedgwick, Woody Harrelson, Hayden Szeto, Alexander Calvert
Director: Kelly Fremon Craig
Writer: Kelly Fremon Craig
Cinematographer: Doug Emmett
Editor: Tracey Wadmore-Smith
Composer: Atli Örvarsson