Short Term 12 follows the emotionally-involving work of Grace (Larson) and Mason (Gallagher); two staff members at a residential facility for under-privileged youths.

Uncomplicated and simple in its presentation, director Destin Cretton lets the phenomenal cast and realistically-written script work their magic.

Brie Larson (who should’ve received an Oscar-nom) and John Gallagher deliver impossibly endearing performances that will break your heart. Fans of Atlanta may also recognise Lakeith Stanfield nailing a far more complex role.

A tough but rewarding watch, Short Term 12 is a masterpiece of contemporary independent film-making that tackles its difficult subject matter with compassion and sincerity.

9 out of 10 movie rating