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2,220 Ratings

Short Term 12

Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton
United States, 2013


Grace is a supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers. She is pas­sionate about her work, though she struggles with her own troubled past. When Jayden, a gifted, restless teenager, arrives at the facility, Grace is no longer able to ignore the difficulties of her own childhood.

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Short Term 12 Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton

Awards & Festivals

Locarno International Film Festival

2013 | 4 wins including: Best Actress

Independent Spirit Awards

2014 | Winner: Best Editing

2014 | 2 nominations including: Best Female Lead

SXSW Film Festival

2013 | 2 wins including: Grand Jury Prize (Narrative Feature Competition)

Village Voice Film Poll

2013 | Nominee: Best Actress

Short Term 12… resonates so strongly thanks in large part to its mosaic of absorbing performances by experienced actors and newcomers alike. Their faces and words express so much, and Cretton asks us to listen carefully. We get to know them well, their vulnerabilities, weaknesses and strengths. In the end, we see them not as individuals, but pieces of a flourishing extended family that’s always welcoming to new members.
September 11, 2013
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One of the few major finds to come out of SXSW, Cretton’s feature adaptation of his 2009 short takes primo After-School Special material and leeches out most of the soap-operatics and syrup; you’d have to go back to Half Nelson to find such a beautifully organic combo of spot-on performances, tough-love storytelling and tender treatment of deep-rooted emotional damage.
August 20, 2013
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The teens in their care fit a familar, tightly defined array of ethnicities and personalities, but Cretton—who worked in such a facility—narrowly skirts the risk of stereotyping through the force of imagination. His dialogue is wondrously energized, suggesting impulses and experiences that range far beyond the confines of the plot’s problems, and Grace and Mason… remain passionately loose-ended and casual, embodying the rare ideal of peaceful people you’d follow into battle.
June 24, 2013
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