One of my favorite films of 2013 was the indie film "Short Term 12" directed by Destin Cretton based on his previous short film of the same name. It's the story of a group home for wayward teens and the counselors who work with them, but words and labels can't do it justice. It's simply a perfect film with deeply felt performances throughout. The filmmakers bring such authenticity to it that it feels like it could be a documentary.
We follow Grace, played by Brie Larson, an early twenty something girl, as she leads most of the groups activities. She is in a relationship with fellow counselor Mason (Peter Gallegher Jr.) that they try to keep on the down low in front of the others, but everyone seems to know. We are also introduced to a new counselor named Nate (Rami Malek) who like most people initially has a rough time fitting in. Trying to make a good first impression on these kids is nearly impossible and when he calls them "underprivileged" Marcus, the eldest of the group, is deeply offended by the term. It really is like a slap in the face to all of them. Although Nate didn't mean anything by it and is good guy at heart he has a lot to learn.
"Short Term 12" is currently available on all formats and needless to say (but i'll say it anyway) is a must see so Check it out!