Short Term 12 (2013)
Director: Destin Daniel Cretton
Short Term 12 relies heavily on the central performance of Brie Larson as Grace, a supervisor at the titular home for troubled teenagers. If played by anyone else, I cannot imagine the film being as good as it is. Larson is great at understatement, and gives Grace a complexity that made me want to know more about her story.
The film's script ends a little too neatly, and some questions still remained. This unfortunately dilutes some of the emotion the film had built up to. However, it is quite moving at times, and the kids are very good. We learn at little bit about their situations, and the film is clearly compassionate towards them.
I did enjoy this, and expect that Larson will be turning up in more films in the coming years. Her most recent one, Room, recently won People's Choice at Toronto.