SHORT TERM 12 (Destin Cretton)
The closing night film Short Term 12, a grand jury and audience award winner at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival, set at a group home facility, is all aces in all departments: storytelling, visual acuity, and performance. Brie Larson delivers a stunning central performance as a caretaker and counselor who is struggling with her own family issues, which help her connect with the kids, but which threaten to destabilize her own mental well-being.
This is a beautiful, charming piece of work, a definite must-see of this year’s festival. The film contains a stunning breakout performance by Keith Stanfield (who also starred in Cretton’s short film version of this feature), whose scene in which his character spontaneously performs a rap song about his life is a high point in a film that contains many of them.
(June 28, 8:30pm)