I think the fact that this film took 12 years to make is astonishing in itself. The narrative aspect of following a young boy throughout different stages in life, tackling the struggles he and his family face, especially his mother's struggles with keeping it all together to him establishing his own identity as a kid to teenager makes for an interesting take on a story that seems so basic yet complicated.
Maybe it didn't meet its ambitions but definitely a sober approach on the average life: not perfect, not a roller coaster but fast as hell, full of people that pass by and shaped by steps built by society lights years before you even consider to come around. A melancholic, gloomy and yet enjoyable result bringing into the formula witty symbolic elements representing the constant changing in life.
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 !