12 and Holding

12 and Holding

Director: Michael Cuesta Cast: Conor Donovan, Zoe Weizenbaum, Jesse Camacho



A trio of troubled suburbanites attempts to come to grips with the personal issues that surface following the tragic death of one of their own in this introspective adolescent drama from L.I.E. screenwriter/director (Michael Cuesta). In the months following the death of Jacob's (Conor Donovan) likeable, athletic twin brother, Rudy (also Donovan), Jacob and friends Malee (Zoe Weizenbaum) and Leonard (Jesse Camacho) struggle to make sense of the unfortunate youth's fiery demise at the hands of local bullies. As Jacob quickly loses himself to revenge fantasies and sets into motion a series of destructive plans designed to destroy the kids responsible for his brother's death, Malee focuses her attention on a dejected patient of her psychotherapist mother, and obese Leonard struggles about weight and health issues with his equally obese mother.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/10/2006
UPC: 0796019796149
Original Release: 2005
Rating: R
Source: Ifc
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:34:00

Special Features

Commentary with director Michael Cuesta; Deleted scenes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Conor Donovan Jacob Carges,Rudy Carges
Zoe Weizenbaum Malee
Jesse Camacho Leonard
Linus Roache Jim Carge
Annabella Sciorra Carla Chung
Jeremy Renner Gus Maitland
Marcia de Bonis Grace Fisher
Tom McGowan Patrick Fisher
Jayne Atkinson Actor
Bruce Altman Actor
Mark Linn-Baker Actor
Tony Roberts Actor

Technical Credits
Michael Cuesta Director,Producer
Brian Bell Producer
Eric Carlson Editor
Anthony Cipriano Screenwriter
Mike Downey Executive Producer
Marina Draghici Costumes/Costume Designer
Tom Efinger Sound/Sound Designer
Pierre Foldes Score Composer
Frank Frattaroli Executive Producer
Eric Friedewald Art Director
Judy Henderson Casting
Paul Hsu Sound/Sound Designer
Doug Mankoff Executive Producer
Michael Hoffman Executive Producer
Michael Nozik Executive Producer
Christopher T. Paul Camera Operator
Kane Platt Editor
Amy Robinson Executive Producer
Jenny Schweitzer Producer
Lucio Seixas Production Designer
Nick Goodwin Self Co-producer
Andrew Spaulding Executive Producer
Stacy St. Onge Makeup
Romeo Tirone Cinematographer
Robin Urdang Musical Direction/Supervision
Leslie Urdang Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- 12 and Holding
1. 12th Birthday [4:23]
2. Fourth of July [1:51]
3. The Treehouse Fire [2:59]
4. Rudy's Funeral [6:52]
5. Back to School [3:27]
6. Dealing With Death [3:18]
7. Jacob's Visit [1:50]
8. Malee and Gus's Picnic [2:38]
9. Leonard's Exercise Kick [4:56]
10. Malee's Recital [8:08]
11. Jeff Commits Suicide [1:37]
12. In Gus's Apartment [4:03]
13. Christmas [7:20]
14. "Burning for You" [2:47]
15. Grace's Lockup [9:48]
16. Gas Leak [1:59]
17. Soul Mates [3:17]
18. Carla and Gus Talk [9:23]
19. Revenge [8:11]
20. End Credits [5:39]

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12 and Holding 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
12 AND HOLDING is one of those little Indie films that somehow slips through the cracks of public attention and only when it is released on DVD does it surface as brilliant star of a film. Powerfully and sensitively written by Anthony Cipriano and directed with unrelenting intensity and grace by Michael Cuesta, this is a film about youngsters on the brink of adulthood who respond to each other and to events in ways far beyond the scope of most mature adults. Identical twins Rudy and Jacob Carges (Conor Donovan in both roles) differ in the fact that Jacob has a facial birthmark and feels second fiddle to his twin Rudy, a quick, tempered lad who eggs on bullies causing the maelstrom that is to follow. Their close friends are Malee Chuang (Zoe Weizenbaum), the daughter of psychologist Dr. Carla Chuang (Annabella Sciorra) who remains bruised by a failed marriage to an abusive husband, and grossly obese Leonard Fisher (Jesse Camacho) whose parents (Marcia DeBonis and Tom McGowan) are equally addicted to junk food. When Rudy challenges two ruffian classmates (Michael Fuchs and Martin Campetta), the trio's tree house is threatened and is burned as a gesture or revenge - but Rudy happened to be inside the tree house and was burned to death. His parents (Linus Roache and Jayne Atkinson) are devastated as is Jacob, now their only son and one who feels he should have been the twin that died. The family wants revenge and is infuriated when the two lads who caused the tragedy are given only one year of detention. This event sets off changes in the three friends: Jacob visits the perpetrators in the detention home, unable to see that Rudy's death was an unplanned accident. He threatens the lads and one actually commits suicide in his cell. Jacob gradually becomes friends with the other lad when his security at home is threatened by is parent's adoption of a black son. This new camaraderie results in a plan that leads to a surprising end. In the meanwhile, Leonard's injury in the fire leads to his loss of taste and he sees his obesity, and that of his entire family, as disgusting and commits to changing his life, unable to even forcibly gain the same change from his parents - another surprising end. And Malee's desperate need for a father figure and her starting adolescence leads her to become enchanted by one of her mother's patients, construction worker Gus Maitland (Jeremy Renner in a superb performance) and she attempts to seduce the psychologically damaged Gus without success. The manner in which these three youngsters enter the adult world is more than challenging and the results of their response to entering 'maturity' and to the trauma of the death of Rudy is shattering. Cuesta directs these fine actors - there is not a weak one in the cast - with surety and a degree of sense of spontaneity that is truly splendid. This is most assuredly an ensemble performance worthy of awards: it is also a series of star turns for Jeremy Renner, Annabella Sciorra, Conor Donovan, Zoe Weizenbaum and Jesse Camacho. This is independent filmmaking at its finest: the story is tough, the conclusions disturbing, and the quality of acting is astounding. First Class work. Grady Harp
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG this movie the the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I loved it!!! I actually read the play! I give this 5 flaming tacos out of 5!
kasimilford More than 1 year ago
It was kinda sad but that whats made it good its not all sad its just right, most of the sadness is in the begining after wards it is low on sorrow