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USA, 2005 (MIFF 2006, International Panorama)

Director: Michael Cuesta


A trio of suburban 12-year-olds deal with the traumas of adolescence, as the death of a peer sends shockwaves through their lives in Michael Cuesta's latest offering.
Insecure and self-conscious, Jacob suffers survivor guilt after his twin brother dies in a treehouse fire set by two other youths. His rage leads him to visit the perpetrators in prison, where a surprising friendship begins to form. Meanwhile, Jacob's friend Leonard, who survived the fire but lost his sense of taste and smell, enrages his obese family when his condition leaves him with a reduced appetite. Malee, seemingly self-possessed but suffering a deficit of familial love, expresses her budding sexuality by fixating on one of her mother's therapy patients.
With echoes of Todd Solondz's (Happiness) slightly surreal treatment of everyday lives, Twelve and Holding is a mesmerising and darkly humorous portrayal of the traumas of adolescence.

D Michael Cuesta P Michael Cuesta, Brian Bell, Jenny Schweitzer, Leslie Urdang S Anthony Cipriano Dist Roadshow TD 35mm/2005/90mins

Michael Cuesta was born in New York, USA, in 1963. His films include L.I.E. (2001).

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