Boyhood

Now showing 
in Rhinebeck 
Aug 25 – 28
Mon – Thur 5:00 8:20 *Moves to Woodstock Friday August 29*
(USA / 2014 / Directed by Richard Linklater)
R / 163 mins.
 
Rare is the opportunity to see a cast age naturally over the span of a single film. Ambitiously, Richard Linklater (Before Midnight, Waking Life, Slacker) filmed this intimate domestic epic on and off since 2002, following Mason (Ellar Coltrane) from first grade through his first year of college.
The result is a deeply moving story made up of unlikely moments. Structured like a series of short films, each covering one of those 12 years, we watch as the characters grapple with life’s joys, compromises, and discoveries. Watching Coltrane age in real time along with co-stars Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, and scene-stealing Lorelei Linklater, we see deeper into their characters. For instance, Olivia (Arquette) is shown early on reading the first Harry Potter novel to her children, and in due time we watch as they eagerly line up at midnight to purchase the sixth volume. Like the best fiction, Boyhood conveys greater truth about coming to terms with the world at large, and the cumulative impact of seeing something resembling a life unfold over the course of one film is overwhelming. A humanist heartwarmer, the film celebrates getting through life’s muddles as a heroic achievement. In English and Spanish with subtitles.
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