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Set in a foster-care facility outside of San Francisco, this independent drama is vivid and heartfelt in its depiction of social work, at times recalling some of Frederick Wiseman's great documentary portraits.
"Short Term 12" is that rare movie gutsy enough to tell the truth about love: that it's not a poetic longing or a magical-thinking happy ending, but a skill. And, the film suggests, we all have the capacity to learn it.
"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.
In showing us all the richness and tenderness and passion that's possible in young lives that have pretty much been discarded by ordinary society, Cretton invites us - in the kindest possible spirit! - to question our own privilege.
Larson, in particular, does wonders with a character who in other hands could easily have come across as overly earnest, even saccharine... It's a superb performance that deserved a more credible, less jerry-rigged context.
Cretton's screenplay pulls off a tricky balance of imbuing its story with emotional weight while not coming across as cloying in the process. The situation is inherently dramatic, but the filmmaker complicates it with characters worth rooting for.