Brie Larson Shines in Trailer for SXSW Favorite, ‘Short Term 12’ (Video)

Cinedigm is releasing the indie drama in theaters on Aug. 23

Last Updated: July 24, 2014 @ 12:32 PM

Brie Larson is a commanding presence in the first trailer for SXSW Film Festival hit, "Short Term 12."

The drama stars Larson ("21 Jump Street") as a 20-something supervising staff member of a foster care facility for troubled youth. While dedicating her life to dealing with the foster care kids' problems, she appears to be forgetting to deal with her own.

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"I've been waiting for three years for you to, just once, take the advice you give your kids every five minutes and learn to talk about what's going on inside your head," Larson's oscreen boyfriend (John Gallagher Jr.) begs.

"Short Term 12," written and directed by Destin Cretton, debuts in theaters on Aug. 23. Watch a preview for what promises to be a powerful drama, below: