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SHORT TERM 12 (2013) (R)

May 19, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 163 Main Street, New Paltz

In this sensitive, revealing drama about neglected youths, Grace (Brie Larson), who has dedicated her life to helping at-risk teens, is committed to her job at a short-term care facility. She is also in love with kindhearted co-worker Mason (John Gallagher Jr.). Some of the teens in the group home have parents who stop by for a visit or an outing, while others are permanently abandoned. Grace struggles to make sense of her own troubled past when she learns she is pregnant, although she initially keeps her pregnancy a secret from Mason. Meanwhile, a young girl, Jayden (Kaitlyn Dever), who had moved from group home to group home because of a history of self-harm, becomes one of Grace’s charges. Grace quickly forges a powerful connection with her. This powerful exploration of empathy and vocation is funny and heartbreaking. “This surprising little sleeper will give you more big feelings in its first 15 minutes than every one of last summer's blockbusters combined.” — Kristin Tillotson, Minneapolis Star Tribune. “Tender, funny and real as a kick in the ribs.” — John Anderson, Newsday.