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12 and Holding (2005)

R | | Drama | 7 July 2006 (Sweden)
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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Carla Chuang
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Ashley Carges
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Jim Carges
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Grace Fisher
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Sara Fisher
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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 All (149) »

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The end of innocence is just the beginning. 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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El fin de la inocencia  »

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$400,000 (estimated)

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$11,456 (USA) (21 May 2006)

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$95,687 (USA) (16 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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References Friday the 13th Part III (1982) See more »

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Help Yourself
Written by Tim Holmes, Richard Fearless (as Richard Maguire), Hope Sandoval, L. Subramaniam (as L. Subranmiam)
Performed by Death In Vegas / Vocals by Hope Sandoval
Courtesy of Sanctuary Records Group and BMG UK & Ireland Limited
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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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