Short Term 122013
Short Term 12 (2013)
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Critic Reviews for Short Term 12
Brie Larson is very impressive as the caring, funny supervisor whose own demons threaten to engulf her.
Set in a foster-care facility outside of San Francisco, this independent drama is vivid and heartfelt in its depiction of social work, at times recalling some of Frederick Wiseman's great documentary portraits.
The film's climax feels a little rushed and overwrought, but the movie's real resonance is its exploration of empathy and vocation.
At times Short Term 12 seems uncertain where it's going, but this matches the circumstances of both staff and residents.
Short Term 12 wants to shine a light on these under-paid, under-valued figures and cheats, just a little, to get the job done.
Audience Reviews for Short Term 12
A delicate and complex character study that never romanticizes what it wants so say, being instead very down to earth in its approach to show us how an underprivileged childhood can create emotionally fractured adults whose uncured issues won't simply go away with time.
The foster care system is the most flawed institution in the United States, which is disheartening as many of the children in said system deal with abuse, loneliness, and mental health issues. "Short Term 12" comprises everyday goings on of a facility for kids who live between homes and the street, and the workers who help them. At the crux of the film is Grace (Larson) who leads the facility's workers and helps kids while also dealing with her own life. It's really quite sweet that Grace and her boyfriend Mason (Gallagher) have fragmented childhoods, and so they have to (rather than want to) help ease the pain of these children and the problems they face. In comparison is a college worker who would like to help, but doesn't know where to start. The performances from the child actors in this film are nothing short of astounding. Brie Larson commands complete presence onscreen, as Grace, a multi-faceted basket case who is always trying to do better, but inevitably has to fight her demons. This is a really sweet, funny, heartfelt film dealing with big issues in a sensitive and thoughtful way, which makes it highly recommendable.
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