Director: Richard Linklater
Cast: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Elijah Smith, Lorelei Linklater
Language: English and Spanish with English subtitles
Country of Origin: USA 2014 166 mins.
Winner Best Picture and Best Director 2015 Golden Globes
Released by UNIVERSAL PICTURES
'Extraordinary - an emotional, passionate and unique tribute to childhood and the passage of time.'
Richard Linklater’s extraordinary and unique fictional drama 'Boyhood,' a 30 day shoot low budget film made with the same group of actors over a 12-year period from 2002-2013 is an epic and intimate homage to childhood, a journey that takes in the dramatic and unsettling shifts of a modern family and the passage of time. The actors weren't bound by studio contracts, they gave of their time and trust to film three to four days each year and were joined by locals who played different characters.
The film follows 6 year-old Mason (Ellar Coltrane) as the world changes over a radically fluctuating decade that takes in the Obama election, global warming, Hurricane Katrina, the Iraq war, The War on Terror, the Subprime Housing Crisis, the iPod, Youtube, fashion, family moves, controversies, bad marriages, re-marriages, new schools, first loves, lost loves, good times, bad times and a constantly unfolding mix of heartbreak and wonder - a view of time and the changes that shape us as we grow.
Mason's story begins with upheaval. His long-absent dead-beat father Mason Sr. (Ethan Hawke) returns from Alaska to re-enter their lives his struggling single mother Olivia (Patricia Arquette) has decided to move him and older sister Samantha (Lorelei Linklater) to Houston and the journey begins as Mason passes through the influence of parents, step-parents, girls, teachers and bosses, dangers, yearnings and creative passions, he emerges as his own man. Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke are brilliant and Ellar Coltrane amazes.
Warm, tender, emotional, natural, passionate, extraordinary and unique. We all have our own story and as we look at Mason we can't help but see ourselves. A universal journey, a blink and it's gone, memories, influences, desires and losses. There's no concept of time and it's not a dress rehearsal, it's the real thing.
With a wide UK distribution, this extraordinary heartwarming film deserves to be seen by all but I wonder whether it'll be the film buffs that will go.