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Title: Short Term 12

ShortTerm12Director: Destin Cretton
Cast: Brie Larson, John Gallagher Jr., Kaitlyn Dever, Rami Malek
96 min / USA / Drama

4 out of 5
Reviewed by: Sieto Kooijker

Every year there are a few Indie films/Arthouse films that stand out. One of those films in the last year was the film Short Term 12. Director/Writer Destin Cretton made ​​a heartwarming drama about the relationship between mentors and children in a foster care home.

Sixteen-year-old Jayden (Kaitlyn Dever) will be temporarily teken in the foster care home Short Term 12, because the situation at home together with her dad seems to be out of control. Jayden is linked to the still young but very experienced mentor Grace (Brie Larson). Grace suspects that Jayden is abused by her father.
When Jayden decides to walk away from Short Term 12, Grace, led by her own emotions, takes matters into her own hands and decides to go and search for the true story. Both girls open up to eachother and the two become very close. Their relationship seems to become friendship.

Short Term 12 is an intense movie about the youth healthcare, specifically foster care. Fortunately, director Destin Daniel Cretton decided not to make a melancholic black movie, but found a wonderful balance between drama and feel-good moments. A big compliment to Brie Larson and Kaitlyn Dever for their great acting. Short Term 12 definitely deserved all the great reviews it got. It’s a wonderful movie, with a great message of love.

Rating: 4/5
Review by: Sieto Kooijker
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