! Most recently, the film received the 2014 Spirit Award nomination for Best Lead Actress for Brie Larson, Best Supporting Male Actor for Keith Stanfield and Best Editing. Reviewed by , January 16, 2014 Being a foster child is an extremely hard way to be raised. Larson has scored with memorable supporting roles Scott Pilgrim and 21 Jump Street , but here she ascends to another level, imbuing the picture with a warmth and radiance that resonates throughout. Trailers, Teasers, and Outreach Partners — Promotional materials for the film, which is neat to see, given how this was a nice independent feature that needed to have the word spread on it. Composer Joel West completes the package with a beautiful, tender score that really sets the tone for the picture, creating simple themes for characters out of just a few instruments.
Dever is another young actress who has popped up in various roles most notably for me on the series Justified , but she has a lot of confidence for such a young actress, which transfers well to her role here. She's given some unexpected news one day which actually involves Mason, but which she keeps from her boyfriend. We follow a group of carers, in particular a troubled young adult named Grace, in their daily lives of facilitating a healthy and safe environment for youths that are in need of care. Grace has a disheveled but lovable coworker named Mason John Gallagher, Jr. Every day is a challenge, and the worst part is not ever knowing if you were successful.
I'm completely floored by this movie! Grace Brie Larson , the supervisor, is certainly dealing with a damaged past. Grace: Why are you so nice to me? It is also very well acted, put together in a very effective manner, and worthy of getting a larger audience, so those involved can move on to bigger and better things. Grace Brie Larson is a twentysomething Child Care Worker who bikes to work everyday at the suburban residential care facility where she supervises the floor staff. As far as filmmaking goes, I have already suggested that Destin Cretton managed to practically make the film feel like a docu-drama, but it comes down to how authentic it all feels. One could see him as just the kind of guy this film needs for Grace to rely on or fight with, but Short Term 12 gives him the opportunity to really delve into who his character is and where he came from as well, and the film is much better for it. This time Cretton switches the camera between the three angles. Now, things are coming to a head as Grace readies for marriage even as some her charges are coming to major turning points in their lives.
To see parents ignore, disown and even abuse their own flesh and blood, well, it doesn't make for an easy watch. The tone is pitch-perfect, as characters are naturally on a tightrope, as they deal with both being happy to have people caring for them, while also dealing with the type of stuff in their lives that led them to this place which is not their fault. Actually, every cast member was exceptional. Also quite good is John Gallagher Jr. They are manifestations of their unnatural upbringing. Given how much I want to support this film, it helps that there is a very solid technical presentation here.
Most of these are actually pretty good, and provide small but compelling additional facets to scenes that remained in the movie. I would chalk this up to directorial intent, but the thin widescreen bars are equally lightened. The tone is pitch-perfect, as characters are naturally on a tightrope, as they deal with both being happy to have people caring for them, while also dealing with the type of stuff in their lives that led them to this place which is not their fault. Jayden's sarcastic nature can make her seem more reserved than the others, but one of the film's most important scenes rests on Dever's shoulders, and it's one of the film's most powerful moments. We will update this page with more details as they become available.
The Video and Audio Presented in 1. Whether it be an outburst of pure anger, tears of mental melancholy or smiles of genuine happiness. Only two were wisely trimmed: an extended party montage that is cute but unnecessary, and an alternate therapy scene where Grace tries a visualization exercise. I used to dread every day when she would come home, for she was frequently either in tears or just as likely in a rage over what she had experienced that day at work. Dever is another young actress who has popped up in various roles most notably for me on the series Justified , but she has a lot of confidence for such a young actress, which transfers well to her role here.
In the process of coping with all of this, Grace makes some decisions that could have adverse effects on both her and the kids. I've personally never heard of such an arrangement at any foster care agency, but perhaps times have changed. The real star of this disc is the sound. The two are in love, despite some issues that are slowly unfolding, which is made tougher by both the lives of the kids they currently care for and the arrival of a new young girl, Jayden Kaitlyn Dever. Short Term 12 obtains that elusive perfect rating. To some degree, the staff comes here with their own life experiences that are just as damaging as those they care for.
As Grace tries to help these kids get through some of the most troubling times of their lives, she too is having trouble in her own life as well. It's just a truly immersive experience, and it is one of my highest recommendations. At a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers, Grace is a young counselor trying to do her best for kids who often have been pulled from the worst kinds of home situations. Overview Grace is a new counselor at a foster care facility for teen-aged youth who have been removed from their original families. I really liked Short Term 12, but more importantly, I hope it is seen by more people. Behind-the-Scenes Featurette — Another 22 minutes is spent going over the making of the film. I believe there are a lot of ways this film could have fallen apart or faded into the background as just another indie drama that approaches its story in a traditional manner, but even when Short Term 12 is at its most obvious in terms of nailing its themes on the head, the film is balanced so well by the naturalistic performances and the strength of all the actors involved.