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|Laufzeit:||Ca. 165 min.|
|FSK:||From 6 years|
It is a highly interesting and in its way unique film experiment, which director Richard Linklater delivers with "Boyhood". Over a period of eleven years, the filmmaker has repeatedly shot short episodes with the same cast of actors, from which he has now traced the six-year-old Mason (Ellar Coltrane)'s path through his childhood. What begins with the move to Huston with his mother Olivia (Patricia Arquette) and his older sister Samantha (Lorelei Linklater) brings new friends, a domineering stepfather, excursions with his long absent father Mason Sr. (Ethan Hawke), further processions, first love, quarrels, longings, temptations - the quite normal life with all its ups and downs.
To get involved in this experiment was very courageous. After all, it was not only necessary to find regular periods in which all participants had the time to shoot. On the other hand, it was to be feared that one of the actors would want to leave the project at some point. Fortunately, this didn't happen, even though Linklater's daughter Lorelei of all people wished after a few years that her father would let her figure die. There have been many stories that trace a child's path to adulthood. But usually different actors or make-up effects were used. Not like this. And the effect that results is also the primary reason why "Boyhood" works so well.
Because it doesn't seem as if you're watching some overstyled fake figures here, but that you're following the lives of real people. Thus, after almost three hours you get the feeling that you spent a lot more time with these characters, that you could participate in their lives. Although there is actually no story in the conventional sense and Linklater only offers sporadic snapshots instead, there is a very intense and stirring effect that makes "Boyhood" such a special movie. This is mainly due to the fact that the film offers many viewers the opportunity to rediscover memories of their own childhood or to identify with other aspects of the story.
"Boyhood" is a piece of true life. How Richard Linklater captured that is just great. But only if you get involved or are generally interested in unusual film projects. If, on the other hand, you just want to be entertained and hope for a thrilling story, the movie could become a real yawning party for you. Because three hours, in which not very much happens, are a damn long time, especially since the characters with all their very human weaknesses are from the outset not made to be the big sympathizers.
However, this only becomes a disturbing factor if you approach this film with false expectations. If you look at it purely as an experiment and as a very true-to-life cinematic work of art, however, "Boyhood" is whole, very big cinema and a really wonderful work. And as such, the film is also very good in spite of smaller lengths: Absolutely worth seeing!
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