Brie Larson and John Gallagher Jr star in Short Term 12, a brilliant film that follows a group of workers at a foster-care facility.
The movie is one of our favorites of the year and manages to bring a subject that is often sugar-coated and overdone to light in a real, honest and raw way that will have you drawn into each of these characters’ worlds.
The film 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.
The film is full of breakout performances by Larson, Gallagher, Dever and Stanfield and director Destin Cretton is able to make the film believable and on top of that, it’s beautifully shot.
We had the chance to sit down and chat with Brie & John about stepping into characters that are different from their past characters and also switching off the intensity of the characters in between takes.
Watch our full interview below and if you have a chance to see this moving film, please do. It opens on August 23 and a list of theaters and cities are below.
Opens August 23
Landmark SUNSHINE – New York
Landmark THE LANDMARK – Los Angeles
Opens August 30
Harkins CAMELVIEW 5 – Phoenix
Landmark E STREET – Washington, DC
Landmark RITZ 5 – Philadelphia
Landmark KENDALL SQUARE – Boston
Landmark SHATTUCK – Berkeley
Opens September 6
Landmark GUILD 45th – Seattle
Landmark MAYAN – Denver
ANGELIKA FILM CENTER – Dallas
ANGELIKA FILM CENTER – Plano
KAHALA 8 – Honolulu
Opens September 13
Landmark MAIN ART THEATRE – Detroit
Landmark PLAZA FRONTENAC – St Louis
KEYSTONE ARE – Indianapolis
Landmark RIVER OAKS – Houston
Landmark HILLCREST – San Diego