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1,656 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

This is a powerful human drama told with great honesty and compassion, Cretton’s unsentimental direction enabling him to hit upon a truth that puts his film in the same class as likeminded student-teacher parables, Half Nelson being the most obvious touchstone.
October 31, 2013
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The movie opened late in August and is still playing around the country, largely due to interest in Larson’s performance. She’s as good as people says she is. But the performance takes too long to take shape. The movie seems caught between dark realism and a forced comedy.
October 15, 2013
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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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