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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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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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boy | 12 year old | twin | friend | death | See more »

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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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7 July 2006 (Sweden)  »

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El fin de la inocencia  »

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$400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$95,687 (USA) (14 July 2006)
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At 48 mins into the movie the game the three children are playing while discussing adoption is called The Game Of Life. See more »

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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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Malee Chuang: I don't think it's about age. I think when two people really connect, they connect for other reasons. And since soul mates are eternal, they have no age.
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Profound and Perplexing
30 October 2006 | by (New Jersey, USA) – See all my reviews

Michael Cuesta (who previously directed the slick and grotesquely controversial "L.I.E" and is currently one of the masterminds behind Showtime's wildly entertaining and grotesque "Dexter") treads some very dangerous ground with "Twelve and Holding." Working with a solid script focusing on how three best friends cope with the accidental death of another friend (the more popular twin brother of one of the protagonists), he presents pre-adolescent characters with the psychologically complex motives of adults and we witness their pratfalls, tragedies, and heart wrenching moments in a the same type of voyeuristic manner usually reserved for more mature characters and audiences. Elements of classics like "Stand by Me" keep the film grounded even as some of the plot developments get a bit far-fetched.

The acting is a huge plus here, with Annabella Sciora (getting more and more enchanting and beautiful with age), Jayne Atkinson (brutal, honest, and gut-wrenching as the grieving mother of the dead child), and Connor Donovan (in duel leads as the dead boy and his conflicted twin brother) highlighting the excellent ensemble. Cuesta's surprisingly subtle direction somehow manages to avoid both the salacious tendencies of a Larry Clark film and the annoyingly overt quirkiness of similarly themed films like "Me and You and Everyone we Know" to deliver a profound and perplexing tale of coming-of-age, revenge and loneliness.


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