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Boyhood

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14 Nov, 2014 2 hrs 45 mins A
Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Lorelei Linklater, Ethan Hawke, Marco Perella
Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Lorelei Linklater, Ethan Hawke, Marco Perella
Richard Linklater
Synopsis
Based on a simple premise, the film turns out to be a unique emotional epic, thanks to the director's outstanding execution.
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Story: Boyhood traces the life of Mason (Ellar Coltrane) as he grows from a six-year-old boy to an 18-year-old college freshman. From childhood to adolescence to the threshold of adulthood, the film captures Mason's journey through these phases.

Review: Coming from a broken family, the need to constantly move homes, a wandering father (Ethan Hawke), mother's (Patricia Arquette) poor life decisions (read multiple failed marriages) and their subsequent struggles shape Mason's thinking early on. His understanding of his dysfunctional situation is the theme.

Based on a simple premise, the film turns out to be a unique emotional epic, thanks to the director's outstanding execution. Richard Linklater, the man behind Before Sunrise (1995) and its sequels, has done the unthinkable. He has shot Boyhood with the same set of actors for 39 days over a period of 12 years!

This ambitious effort lends supreme authenticity to the film, thus differentiating it from the standard coming-of-age dramas. The actors literally grow up on camera as the filmmaker does not resort to makeup or special effects but the sheer passage of time to capture the fleeting moments of their mundane life and daily battles. Never has ordinary looked so extraordinary.

What also amazes you is Linklater's patience and the risks he's taken. For starters, his central character Ellar Coltrane was seven when filming began in 2002! The director had no clue how he would look 12 years later. Patricia Arquette — as a vulnerable single parent burdened with responsibilities and regret — is brilliant. Ethan Hawke as a loving father, who keeps drifting in and out of his children's lives is equally terrific. However, it is Ellar Coltrane who makes the most of his significant role. You can identify with his confusion, rebellion, heartbreak and mixed emotions.

In spite of being presented in an unhurried, episodic manner, you will not find this over two-hour long docu-style indie film sluggish, for it showcases the minutiae of everyday life beautifully. No wonder Linklater said, "You've never seen a movie exactly like this, and you may not again. It is a life project."
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Avg Users’ Rating 4/5 ( 13 users )
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Mauli Agarwal
nice movie
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Mohit Raghuvanshi
you can feel the time and time change everything you see, it's a simple story of an American boy and you just love it.
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Mauli Agarwal
nice

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