Grace (Brie Larsen) plays the protagonist, the young supervisor of a group facility with young troubled teenagers. She with her boyfriend Mason (John Gallagher Jr) focus their attention on short-tempered talented rapper kid Marcus (Lakeith Stanfield). Grace builds an intimate bond with a new inmate Jayden (Katlyen Daver) to make her feel comfortable in the new home with other kids. In the process Grace learns about Jayden's abusive past through her metaphorical story of octopus and shark.
The movie presents every day challenges of working at such facilities where abuse, emotional trauma, fights, self-harm, depression, fights etc. are common.
A love story between Grace and Mason, both with a past of troubled kids themselves, is built in as a sub-plot.
The director Daniel handles the subject with confidence, expertise, a keen-eye to detail, psychology and tenderness. Even though the movie is heart-breaking at places Daniel does not burden the screenplay with depressing heaviness and gives a heart-warming light feel throughout the movie.
It is a short movie with 96 minutes running time and it is worth watching and one immediately connects with the main characters of the movie.
The main led - Brie and John - were auditioned by Daniel via skype after sending them scripts via emails.
The shooting of the movie took place only in 20 days with free flowing acts with main characters improvising on the dialogue and actions on their own.
The movie is widely acclaimed and have won 35 awards and 70 nominations. Those who are working with NGO / NPO with less privileged people will definitely identify with the movie.
I am going with 7.75 out of 10 for the movie