Short Term 12
We got a chance to sit down with Director Destin Cretton about his experience filming “Short Term 12.” The film released in theaters on Friday,August 23, was informed by Cretton’s (who also wrote the script) own experience working with foster kids. At first I thought, this is going to be one of those cliche movies but ten minutes into the film I was hooked. Written with sensitivity and realism Destin brought to life a world few of us are aware of and a great testament to the hard working men and women in that field.
Short Term 12 is told through the eyes of Grace (Brie Larson), a twenty- something supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers. Passionate and tough, Grace is a formidable caretaker of the kids in her charge – and in love with her long-term boyfriend and co-worker, Mason (John Gallagher Jr.) But Grace’s own difficult past – and the surprising future that suddenly presents itself –throw her into unforeseen confusion, made all the sharper with the arrival of a new intake at the facility – Jayden (Kaitlyn Dever), a gifted but troubled teenage girl with whom Grace has a charged connection.
She and Mason also struggle to help Marcus (Keith Stanfield) – an intense, quiet kid who is about to turn 18 – manage through the difficulty of having to leave the facility. Grace comes to find – in both her work and the new teenager in her care – surprising sources of redemption. And while the subject matter is complex and often dark, this lovingly realized film finds truth – and humor – in unexpected places.