A Moving and life affirming film!,
This review is from: Short Term 12 (DVD)
Bearing in mind the setting of this film - in a short term care centre for troubled youth - this could easily have been a melodramatic/sentimental outing, but every time it seems to be headed that way, it wrong-foots you.
There's no unnecessary heroics or speechifying; just people trying to do a good job in difficullt circumstances but it's so beautifully written and the performances of the whole cast, but in particular Brie Larson and John Gallagher Jr, as the centre's supervisors, are all the more powerful for being understated. I haven't cared so much for the characters of a film in a long time. I really can't recommend this enough.