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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"I just thought there would be more", says Patricia Arquette as she breaks down in tears towards the end of the film. Richard Linklater explores grand existential questions in this wistful coming-of-age dramedy which shares the novelty of being filmed over 12 years with the same actors. With so many moments of pure empathy and honesty, you'd even forgive Linklater his dramatic use of alcoholic stepfathers. Moving.
Life. USA. The Human condition. An honest experience where time is the vehicle. A sweet and intimate investigation on the three stages of growing up within an american background of politics, terrorism, culture and the search for "the" dream while trying to figure out the answers for the hows and the whos and the whys that no one seems to be able to help with. This will not change your life, but it will claim it.
A drama that never becomes melo-, sharing with neorealist cinema the idea that it's the fragments of life - a glance, a conversation, a chance encounter - that are equally joyous and devastating. Ellar Coltrane's acting is all in his face - his wide eyes, huge grin and puzzled eyebrows project his world onto the audience, who in turn fall in love with the characters and their drab, exciting, funny, normal lives.
Did you ever go to a really nice party or a family gathering, like maybe Thanksgiving, and you really love everybody (or sorta mostly), and it is really heartwarming and you have a good time but it just goes on longer than you would like and you start thinking "This has been really swell, I wonder if I can leave soon?" It's like that.
It's rare for me to drop a film in the first 30 minutes, but, Holy Shit, is the dialogue bad. The writing reaches Lost In Translation levels of irritating. It's so cliche, so pseudo-cute, so hipster, so liberal. I know kids can be annoying but that little girl is on a whole other level.
12 YEARS OF A LIFETIME. Neither a document, nor a series spread over 12 seasons, and much more than a technical feat. Just life, as it is. Lots of consistency, emotion, accuracy. Welcome to the history of cinema! = 12 ANS D'UNE VIE. Ni 1 docu, ni 1 série sur 12 saisons, et bien plus qu'une prouesse technique. Juste la vie, comme elle est. Bcp de cohérence, d'émotion, de justesse. Bienvenue dans l'histoire du cinéma !