Competition Narrative Feature
Directed by: Joseph Sackett
USA, 2021, 75m, Note to family audiences: Recommended for 12+, contains mild profanity and a birthing sequence. Not rated, but comparable to PG-13.
Nothing is quite as special as a child’s relationship with their babysitter, and nine-year-old, genderqueer Johnny is obsessed with theirs, Melanie—so much so that they’ve transmitted their spirit right into her body! But when mom comes home early, Johnny must navigate the world as an adult woman (clothes, make-up, would-be boyfriends, witnessing childbirth as a doula). The result is a visually playful and emotionally resonant take on high-concept body-swap movies like Freaky Friday and Big that digs more deeply into the beauty and complexity of queer childhood and nascent gender expression. Starring Colby Minifie (The Boys), Maria Dizzia (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Whitmer Thomas (also appearing in this year’s feature film The Civil Dead) and newcomer Tre Ryder as Johnny, this feature debut from Joseph Sackett (“Dominant Species,” FFF 2019), inspired by his own genderqueer childhood (except for the body-swapping part, we think!), is a sweet comedy-fantasy that’s sure to be fun for the whole family!