Now Playing in the Buff: Brie Larson Earns Raves in “Short Term 12”

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I have been a bit negligent in talking about new releases — TIFF overwhelmed me, happily — and there is one I must mention. I have not had a chance to see “Short Term 12” yet, but I’ve been hearing about it, and the performance of its star Brie Larson, for months.

Here is a summary of the film, directed by Destin Daniel Crettin:

“‘Short Term 12’ is told through the eyes of Grace (Brie Larson), a twenty-something supervisor at a foster care 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 (John Gallagher Jr.) But Grace’s own difficult past, and the surprising future that suddenly presents itself, throw her into unforeseen confusion, made all the sharper with the arrival of a new intake at the facility, Jayden (Kaitlyn Dever), a gifted but troubled teenage girl with whom Grace has a charged connection. She and Mason also struggle to help Marcus (Keith Stanfield), an intense, quiet kid who is about to turn 18, manage through the difficulty of having to leave the facility. Grace comes to find—in both her work and the new teenager in her care — surprising sources of redemption. And while the subject matter is complex and often dark, this lovingly realized film finds truth and humor in unexpected places.”

I must admit, my main interest in the film is Larson, who has quietly made an impact in everything from “The Spectacular Now” to “21 Jump Street.” Her performance here was honored in Venice, and it would be a treat to see her in the Best Actress conversation.

The film is now playing at the Amherst Dipson, and I beseech you to see it instead of, say, “Riddick.”

Courtesy of Short Term Film