In a few days the Toronto International Film Festival begins. Each year TIFF continues their misses to program more films directed or co-directed by women, reaching towards a goal of total parity1. To help you parse through the seventy feature films or so programed this year, I’m going to highlight fifteen films a little bit off the beaten path2, some that I’ve already screened in advance, and others I’m hoping to catch on the ground in Toronto.

In Molly McGlynn’s funny and heartwarming coming-of-age comedy Fitting In Maddie Ziegler plays Lindy, a teen whose life is turned upside down when she is diagnosed with a rare reproductive disorder. This film is very frank about sexuality, anatomy, and gynecological healthcare in a way I found very refreshing. Also, fans of Schitt’s Creek will get a treat out of Emily Hampshire as her hilariously harried mother Rita.

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