Drama / Teen
Director: Richard Linklater
Running time: 166 mins Released: 9th July 2014
An interesting experiment in filmmaking that won director Richard Linklater a Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. It follows an ordinary family, and their young son Mason (Ellar Coltrane) in particular, over the course of several years. Filming began in the summer of 2002 and over the next twelve years Linklater shot days of footage here and there, piecing together the story of Mason's youth as his cast aged and grew. The result is an authentic, affecting drama about adolescence. Mason's parents (Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette) are divorced, and although his father brings presents and tries to engage with his children, he also disappears for long periods. Meanwhile, Mason deals with bullies at school, a crush on another student, and his first job.