Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Hidden Pains and untold stories : Short Term 12 - Gorgeous Movie

I've been wanting to blog about the wonderful movie I watched on the plane just last month.
The best ever watched in 3 years. Introduces one to foster care systems, the kind of abuses that happen under hidden eyes, the struggles the children have to put up with - also reminded me to make the extra effort to be a helping hand to someone out there - rather than keep focusing on my own life.

Writer and director Destin Daniel Cretton
Grace (Brie Larson)
Mason (John Gallagher Jr.) 
Jayden (Kaitlyn Dever)
Marcus (Keith Stanfield)

Brie Larson plays Grace. She is helping out at a shelter for youth-at-risk children Mason, played by John Gallagher Jr (who is later revealed to be her boyfriend). The film takes us through the issues that the children faces - Some sexually abused, Some cutting themselves, Some with mental issues and Some children is waiting for their parents who had abandon them - and also the hidden monsters that Grace face that she had kept away deep in her heart but yet never letting the healing come about. (For Grace, she discovered she was pregnant, but had no faith that she was able to bring up a child when she was still battling her own monsters, and where she still could not trust even her 'fiance' to tell what had happened)

This film showcased the hurts and struggles and pain in such raw emotions and words - that I was truly tearing at every scene. All these scenes flashed back memories of the issues I had seen among my peers in secondary school - who struggled with lesbianism and use penknives carving each other names on their arms (okay if you have not seen it before, when the blood dries, the name appears) , who was ostracized and pushed around because of being bulimic and vomiting over the school gardens thus to protect herself, she holds a penknife in her hand all the time ,who struggled with family issues such as infidelity and had some much anger in them and many more whom I have faced throughout my volunteering. The effects carry on till later in life. And if not acknowledged or one does not find support to come to terms, the monsters creeps in the form of doubt and fear much later in life. Even for all of us, though we do not face such problems, at crossroads, I'm sure we ourselves hide behind a mask at times, just because. There is no reason. But just because. Who can say they are in control of all when circumstances and people are ever changing?

Also reminded me of the family day in Girls' home where the director had talked about FORGIVENESS and at that moment of time, it had such a strong hold on me. In simple words, throw away your pride and forgive because relationships are worth much more than that.

And the way this film does it. Stories. Words. Sharing.
Running away. Coming back. Home - with home not being a physical thing, but some place one can find solace and comfort.

The Octopus story - of the world

The words that struck the core of my heart " Look into my eyes so you know what it's like to love a life not knowing what a normal life's like"

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