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12 and Holding (2005)

 -  Drama  -  7 July 2006 (Sweden)
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After his twin brother is accidentally killed by vengeful bullies, a 12-year old boy and his friends face the harsh realities of death, teenage hormones, and family dysfunction.

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Ashley Carges
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After his twin brother is accidentally killed by vengeful bullies, a 12-year old boy and his friends face the harsh realities of death, teenage hormones, and family dysfunction.

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When one of four inseperable friends is mistakenly murdered the film explores how grief, love and self-esteem play major roles in the construction of adolescence. See more »

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Rated R for some violence and sexual content involving minors, and for language | See all certifications »

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$400,000 (estimated)

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$11,456 (USA) (19 May 2006)

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$95,687 (USA) (14 July 2006)
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The apple that the nurse offers Leonard is red but with streaks of green. The apple Leonard takes a bite of is bright red with no streaks and is noticeably larger than the first apple. See more »

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Gus Maitland: You're going to like Dr. Chuang. This is only my second session. She's really good.
Malee Chuang: I'm not a patient, I'm her daughter.
[lifts her veil]
Gus Maitland: Oh yeah. Ah, I see the resemblance.
Malee Chuang: Are you trying to make me sick?
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Burnin' For You
Written by Donald Roeser, Richard Meltzer
Performed by Blue Öyster Cult (as Blue Oyster Cult)
Courtesy of 3.O.C. Music Inc.
(Malee plays the song at her recital)
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Burning for youth
15 March 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Twelve and Holding (2005) ***1/2

Twelve and Holding is filled with some of the best performances by young kids as I've seen in a long time. Michael Cuesta directs the film very nicely and the film approaches a difficult subject of how young kids deal with tragedy and death head on. Though the film doesn't rank up there with Come and See, Forbidden Games, or Grave of the Fireflies, this is still a wonderful and delicate addition to that genre. The material in this film could have easily been turned into a nightmarish exploitation picture, but its done just right and focuses intently on the reality of these kids situations.

Leonard's parents seem to be more caricatures than realistic, and there are some aspects of the screenplay which could have used some fine tuning, but overall Twelve and Holding is a powerful, heartbreaking and tragic film, handled oh so delicately by Cuesta and especially the young actors and some of the adults as well(especially Jeremy "Dags" Renner, who'da thunk it).

A very nice little film that deserved a much wider audience than it got.

3.5/4


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