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Twelve And Holding

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  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0052YJI9I
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and haunting. 4 July 2010
By Ernie TOP 1000 REVIEWER
12 And Holding revolves around the lives of four 12 year old children who live in the quiet suburbs of New Jersey. Rudy and Jacob are identical twins though by personality are complete opposites. Rudy is self-confident, confrontational and extrovert, though Jacob, (partly due to a facial birthmark), is quiet, shy and introvert. The twins' two friends are Malee, a bright and articulate daughter of a local psychiatrist and Leonard an overweight child whose life revolves around food. When Rudy is killed in a horrific prank that goes wrong, the film then splits into three paths following the separate lives of each child.
As in Director Michael Cuesta's previous film, 'L.I.E' the story looks at kids who are mature beyond their years, conflicted and painfully lonely. The writing as well as the acting is superb. The young cast give remarkably mature performances and director Michael Cuesta skilfully pulls you in by portraying real people in real situations only telling you what you need to know, and making you care for each of the films main characters. And like Cuesta's previous film, 'L.I.E' the story comes to end far too soon, not tying up all the loose ends, not giving you complete closure, and as a viewer leaving you wanting more. Thinking about how the children's lives would have continued is something that'll sit in the back of your mind and haunt you for days later. If you liked low key character based indie films like 'L.I.E.', 'Somersault', 'Me And You And Everyone We Know' or 'The Station Agent' then '12 And Holding' is a film which you shouldn't miss
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Just A Tree House 10 Jan 2007
After making a name for himself with the controversial, but honestly made 'L.I.E.', director Michael Cuesta returns with his second outing '12 And Holding', and continues his focus on the little covered ground known as modern youth.

This is a haunting coming-of-age film about children, bound by a common, shocking tragedy, who struggle to get on with life and overcome their own troubling problems. Despite the severity of issues conveyed in this film's overlapping vignettes, it never becomes melodramatic. Artful screen writing and direction infuse humour in the telling of these children's stories; stories rich with characters who are colourful, but never contrived. All of the children provide very genuine, endearing performances, essential if the audience is going to empathise with them and their disturbing behaviour. Depending on who you are, this movie will most likely make you uncomfortable at times, but no matter how horrifying and even monstrous these children's actions may be, they never lose their appealing and disarming qualities as children. These are ultimately good kids, even the most troubled, who easily win your affection.

During the course of the movie, one of the children queries the others by asking, "Do you know 90% of people's problems are due to their inability to get over the past?" All of these children will be faced with this challenge. You hope all will overcome this obstacle, but sadly, not all of them will or should be able to get over their past. One of my favourite films of 2006...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic movie! 2 Oct 2012
By sofieDK
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As a Renner fan girl I had to watch this movie. And I'm so glad I did!
I usually don't go for smaller independent movies, but I must say, this one deserves to be seen by everybody, which I'm sure it won't be... sadly.

It's a gruesome story about 12 year olds with serious issues but without help from the adults in their lives.
It is so frustrating if you remember being a kid and so sad if you see their troubles from an adult point of view.

I highly recommend this movie if you want something to think about and be moved by.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Family all watched 18 Mar 2008
By Eye Can
This story well documented by last viewer.
I write to say it appealed to sons 10 and 13 they got something from it they watched avidly all the way through.
A good coming of age film ,all family can share with some interesting subjec matter.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! 23 Mar 2009
This is a great film. The actors all put in a great performance but I think especially the young girl. She was truely believable in her role. it has everything a good film should have and more.
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By BigAl82
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I initially bought this for Jeremy Renner and his glutus maximi. But what I got (aside from that) was a dark film. It wasn't bad. Just not as good as the directors L.I.E. (2001) with Brian cox and Paul Dano.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get the hankies ! 23 May 2013
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Great storyline. Very touching, and great performances all round. Why have I not seen this film before? Should get a TV airing: not to be missed.
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