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Boyhood

10 Jul

I recently went on a family trip to Slovenia. You’ve never heard of Slovenia, right? Think of it as Croatia’s introverted little brother. The flights plus the layovers to Slovenia are brutal and total about 30 hours of sitting and staring. While on my first 9 hour flight, I read an article in Elle praising Richard Linklater’s Boyhood.

Linklater’s an interesting director/writer. His previous credits include Before Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset (2004) and Before Midnight (2013). All three movies follow Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delphy) over their 20 year relationship. The movies are about everyday life and how relationships develop, change or collapse over time.

Linklater is just about to release his newest film, Boyhood, which follows Mason Jr. (Ellar Coltrane) from age 5 to 18. The movie examines how Mason Jr. deals with his parents’ (Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette) divorce. Most movies that span a character’s life have a few actors playing the same person at different stages. What’s cool about Boyhood is that Linklater filmed a few scenes intermittently over a 12 year span – which means Ellar Coltrane is literally growing up before our eyes.

Already, the movie has a score of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and has garnered awards from the Berlin, San Francisco and Seattle International Film Festivals, and praise from top critics at Time, Rolling Stone and more.

Though I haven’t seen Boyhood, I’m a Linklater fan and suspect that his newest film deserves the hype. It shows a level of commitment you rarely see from directors today.

Boyhood open July 11 in limited release.

 

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