Boyhood – Richard Linklater
Limited Release – July 11th
Distributor: IFC Films
Awards & Fests: It had it’s unofficial premiere at Sundance, official showing in Berlin (Linklater won the Silver Berlin Bear for Best Director) and grabbed prizes at American indie fests SXSW and Seattle.
What the critic’s are saying?: Not counting the presence of Lars Von Trier and/or Whiplash, this decade-plus long film in the making was the buzz title of the festival — chiefly because film history doesn’t have any carbon examples of such a feat. Variety’s Peter Debruge explains that, “Linklater allowed the script to evolve as Coltrane did, which explains why it feels less organized than we might want or expect. Barely finished in time for Sundance (with end credits and music clearances still incomplete), “Boyhood” was conceived as a chance to discover — rather than impose — a fate on Mason’s character.”
THR’s Todd McCarthy comparably points out the specific lack of overt dramatic elements, citing “Francois Truffaut‘s films about children, which was their resilience.
With all the childhood traumas, extreme behavior and tragedies that
have been depicted in both narrative and documentary films over the
last couple of decades, it’s both bracing and refreshing to see more
normal (if far from ideal) youthful experience represented in such a
nonmelodramatic and credible way.”
To caution future auds, Nicholas Bell and I fell that this is indeed a special item in Linklater’s filmography, but as Nicholas points out that, “it may pale in comparison to the dramatic impact achieved with Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight, it’s a daunting piece of work and certainly a respectable achievement.”
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