Never has the cinematographic arts industry
naturally, honestly, intuitively
presented a movie which chronicles
a chapter of a life story spanning twelve consecutive years.
A significant span of a young boy’s life from age 6 to 18 –
portrayed in real time,
resulting in over a decade of filming as
he develops from a boy to a young man.
is the artistic triumph of filmmaker Richard Linklater.
It’s an emotive, experimental, ‘docu-fiction’, innovative piece of movie making.
Mr. Linklater has surely offered something special to the film-making craft.
The same actors appear over the twelve years of filming.
They age as nature intended.
The beauty of the film seems to be just that:
an unfolding of events – naturally intended.
Nothing elaborate, unbelievable, out of the ordinary –
scenes of life, which we all experience to some degree or another,
which pulls emotions of varying intensity.
The story centres around a split family unit
Patricia Arquette plays the single mother
Ethan Hawke plays the returned ‘AWOL’ father
Lorelei Linklater plays the eldest child
Ellar Coltrane plays the boy of whose ordinary life
is subject of an extraordinary contribution to the art of cinema.
is now open in cinemas across the U.K. and internationally
A brief word on the film from writer/director Richard Linklater
and the star of the film, Ellar Coltrane