SHORT TERM 12
(directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, 2013)
**** (out of 5)
> I absolutely loved this warm, compassionate film about warm compassionate people taking care of foster kids who have fallen through the cracks and become wards of the state. These societal refugees are often unwilling guests in what is supposed to be a temporary holding situation that sometimes stretches out for years until more permanent homes are found for these needy, often troubled kids, or until they “age out” of the system at 18 and are just suddenly turned loose to fend for themselves. An unblinking examination of our country’s juvenile welfare system, this film has good dialogue, articulated by natural, believable actors. It has characters to root for and care about.
. SHORT TERM 12 is a celebration of the dignity of caregiving and the unheralded, almost casual heroism of caregivers who may be struggling with their own demons while trying to help others conquer theirs. This is a rough, but life-affirming journey, told with a refreshing lack of sentimentality that just makes the drama of these people’s lives all the more clear and vivid. It’s a life-affirming celebration of humanism: human frailty as well as human strength.
. Bravo, guys! SHORT TERM 12 is a long term accomplishment.
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