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4,803 Ratings


Directed by Richard Linklater
United States, 2014


Filmed over 12 years with the same cast comes this story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason, who literally grows up on screen. It charts the rocky terrain of childhood and is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting

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Boyhood Directed by Richard Linklater

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

2014 | 3 wins including: Best Director

Academy Awards

2015 | 5 nominations including: Best Motion Picture of the Year

2015 | Winner: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Locarno International Film Festival

2018 | Histoire(s) du cinéma

The tour de force of its making is central to our experience, a cognitive-conceptual layer of engagement that plays against the gentle naturalism of the fictional scenes. It keeps us in mind of our own will to believe in narrative fictions: we’re a part of this project too, contributing our own narrational energies to keep it sticking together despite the making-of documentary simultaneously playing in front of our faces.
October 10, 2016
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I was entertained until the last hour or so, when I realized that Mason was going to [remain] fairly passive and sullen to the end. . . . Coltrane spends much of his time listening to what other actors say to him. His reactions are limited in range and usually involve a neutral expression. In fact, I began to think that his performance is the perfect illustration of Kuleshov’s most famous, though lost, experiment.
March 15, 2015
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What makes the film uncanny is not the way in which its characters or even its plot mirrors the real, but rather how precise a metaphor it manages to be for realism itself. Its conceit, in which the passage of time isn’t faked, is the engine that drives the car, but its chassis is the relative stagnation of its characters
February 22, 2015
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