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The Ravitz Report: 12 and Holding
Dec. 14, 2012 | Alan Ravitz, MD, MS
Dr. Alan Ravitz, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the Child Mind Institute, is an avid movie watcher who has a keen eye for the pleasures and insights to be found in all genres, from action flicks to intimate character studies. Each week Dr. Ravitz will recommend here a film for weekend viewing. Expect surprises, psychological twists, and a taste for emotional subtlety.
My latest guilty pleasure is watching Homeland on DVD's from Netflix. What I realized is that the executive producer is Michael Cuesta, who directed one of my favorite movies, 12 and Holding, which is my pick for the week. When I taught my course on Film and Human Development at NYU, I wrote "This film examines the effect of the death of a 12 year old boy on his brother and a group of friends. When 12-year-old Rudy dies in a tree-house fire set by bullies, his death affects a circle of friends and family. Rudy's twin brother, Jacob, focuses his wrath on revenge; his friend, Malee, finds comfort in one of her psychotherapist mother's clients. And, Leonard, an overweight boy who escaped the blaze, begins a weight-loss regimen - much to the dismay of his fat family." The film is a very true representation of the internal lives of the preteen characters. Good for anyone 12 and over.