Directed by Richard Linklater, Staring Ethan Hawke, Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette and Lorelei Linklater. The story follows Mason from the age of 5 until 18.
The production of this film is huge, shot over 12 years this film follows the same group of young actors as they progress towards adulthood. This is all you can say about the plot in summation as so much happens but saying any details would all be spoilers. What I will say about the plot is that themes and ideas are touched on as they get older, however none of them consume the overall story line.
Where this film is particularly clever is the lack of time stamps which I was expecting. There is not one cut scene stating the date, the only evidence of time having passed each year are the different hair styles and appearances of age.
This is a truly profound film and one that I was not expecting, this film stays with you well beyond leaving the cinema. Part of this profoundness come from the main character, Mason, who we watch going through adolescence and asking many life questions.
This surely is the ultimate film that people can relate to in one way or another, as we have all experienced growing up and living through some of the events and conditions that happen throughout.
Though this film is 2 hours and 48 minutes long, it never struggles to keep your attention, such is the immersive story, that does not follow any of the usual traits in films. Where towards the end something drastic happens forcing a separation of the characters who come back together for the end. This film simply deals with reality and its totally engaging.
OVERALL***** A powerful film cleverly organised and examining life without being overwhelmed by the process.
RECOMMENDATION- For a smaller Indie film, this is sure to turn into one of the years biggest hits, go and watch.