Based on director Destin Cretton's own experiences supervising troubled teens in a group home, "Short Term 12" is seductively understated, achingly sensitive and packed with wry humor. Reaches for, and effortlessly grasps, the bittersweet perfection today's indies always seem to be after. Brie Larson also needs an Oscar, sooner than later.
Well, if you think about it, this is a really manipulating movie. It puts the feelings in you, and you know it. But why it really works? Cause the perfomances are so fucking great, that you forget that the emotions were implated in you. Well done.
If you're going to watch a film about at-risk kids and the flawed human beings that are compelled to be there for them then this should probably be it. There's certainly nothing false about the film but at the same time there wasn't much that was surprising or illuminating either. You can set your watch to the film ticking off one "indie" trope after the next. It's a functional dysfunctional drama. Not much more.
Brie Larson is a revelation as a counselor at a group foster home for troubled children, who goes beyond the call of duty to care for her young wards, but never takes the time to take care of herself. A beautifully rendered film, filled with both humor and pain, smartly written and directed by Destin Cretton. Heartbreaking, uplifting, and ultimately cathartic, this is honest, real, and wholly remarkable filmmaking.
The movie finds the simplest of cinematic gestures that strike the most emotional weight I've seen in some time. Such a delicate movie to navigate, could have been terrible. Which it wasn't, which might be the greatest achievement. Personal torment is rewarded with forgiveness and healing, which had me weeping! One of my favorites, if not my favorite, of the year.
Brie Larson shines in a convincing account of the necessity of empathic rough-around-the-edges pastoral social work, in this case, for disaffected youngsters. Cretton has made a startling feature film.
My mom loves Freedom Fighters. I love Short Term 12. The performances were powerful, the camera work unintrusive, and the way the story was structured was very smart. Worth it for Brie Larson's brave performance alone.