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Parting Shot: Brie Larson

Magazine article Filmmaker

Parting Shot: Brie Larson

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Sacramento-born Brie Larson has been acting since the age of 6 and already has a lengthy list of credits including television (United States of Tara), studio films (27 Jump Street, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) and independent dramas (Rampart, Greenberg). This summer she appears in three of the best-reviewed independent films of the 2013 festival circuit - James Ponsoldt's The Spectacular Now, Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Don Jon, and in the lead role that will break her to critics and a wider audience, Destin Daniel Cretton's Short Term 12. Larson plays a tough yet compassionate supervisor at a facility for at-risk teens, a young woman whose desire to improve the lives of her kids hasn't yet been worn down by their spontaneous lashing out or by the facility's bureaucratic administrators.

In the short film of the same name Cretton based his feature on, Larson's supervisor character, Grace, was male. For the feature, the writer/director flipped the gender of his protagonist, an inspired move that allows for much greater emotional and narrative complexity. …

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