Hollywood Reporter Oscar analyst, Scott Feinberg. says of Short Term 12,
I don’t think there’s a better movie this year. Yet many people have never heard of it, because its distributor doesn’t have the deep pockets or the experience with awards campaigning of a Harvey Weinstein, or some of the other folks who are good at this. Cork Cine Club to the rescue!
Short Term 12 is a tender drama about young, lost people hoping to be found, told through the eyes of Grace, a 20-something supervisor at a American 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. But Grace’s own difficult past – and the surprising future that suddenly presents itself – throw her into unforeseen confusion. It’s compounded by the arrival of a new intake at the facility: a gifted but troubled teenage girl with whom Grace has a charged connection. While the subject matter is complex, this lovingly realized film finds truth – and humour – in unexpected places.
a wholly engaging film that isn’t the downer it might sound like on paper – Hollywood Reporter
Short Term 12 thrives on the dangerous chemistry between its young, talented actors. Brie Larson has been skirting the edges of stardom for a few years now and this performance confirms her as an actor of depth and nuance. The disconnect between her confidence and stability at work and her vulnerability at home comes across as an authentic touch. The film seems to understand that all of us need a little help from time to time. A very humane piece of work. – Irish Times
Director: Destin Daniel Cretton. USA, 2013. 96 minutes. Cert: CLUB.
Starring: Brie Larson, John Gallagher Jr., Kaitlyn Dever, Rami Malek, Keith Stanfield, Kevin Hernandez
Luke McManus’s Irish short film, Homemade, will be shown before Short Term 12. Pensioner Tommy Doran wants to impress his new lady friend by baking a cake, but he finds that a gang of feral teenage girls have other ideas.
Cork Cine Club presents the best of independent world cinema in St. John’s College, Sawmill Street, Cork City on Thursday nights at 8pm. Our current season runs from 23 January – 3 April (no film on 20 Feb). Tickets, €8.50/€7, are sold at the door. www.corkcineclub.com
Cork Cine Club is a volunteer-run organisation founded in 2010. Our mission is to give local audiences the chance to see a range of world cinema not usually available on commercial cinema screens.
Cork Cine Club is supported by access>CINEMA, a resource organization for regional cultural cinema, and by The Arts Council of Ireland.