Short Term 12
Summer 2014 Features series
Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 8:00pm
Directed by Destin Cretton
Screenplay by Destin Cretton
Starring John Gallagher Jr., Frantz Turner, and Brie Larson
Rated 14A ·
Short Term 12
A hit at the SXSW Film Festival, the sophomore feature from writer-director Destin Daniel Cretton is set in a foster-care facility for at-risk youth, where the young staff try to help their troubled charges while dealing with their own life troubles. The film focuses on Grace (Brie Larson), a passionate and strong-willed supervisor who works at the home alongside her longtime boyfriend Mason (John Gallagher, Jr.).
Though Grace is a formidable caretaker for the kids in her charge, her own difficult past—and a surprising future that suddenly presents itself—throws her life off-track. As Grace struggles to help two new arrivals at Short Term 12, she finds in them both a mirror of her own experiences and, perhaps, an unexpected source of redemption.
“Short Term 12 is a small wonder, a film of exceptional naturalness and empathy that takes material about troubled teenagers and young adults that could have been generic and turns it into something moving and intimate. This is an accessible film that honestly earns every bit of its emotional impact.” (Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times)
“It’s one of the best movies of the year and one of the truest portrayals I’ve ever seen about troubled teens and the people who dedicate their lives to trying to help them.” (Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times)
“Short Term 12 is a miracle of a movie. Beautifully written and perfectly played, all of human life is here: the good, the bad, the messy and the uplifting.” (Ian Freer, Empire)