BOY­HOOD ★★★★★ Di­rected by Richard Lin­klater. Star­ring Pa­tri­cia Ar­quette, Ethan Hawke, El­lar Coltrane

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - CINEMA -

Lin­klater’s ex­tra­or­di­nary piece sounds like a brave ex­per­i­ment on pa­per. For 12 years, once a year, he asked the same ac­tors to play the mem­bers of a mod­ern fam­ily. Coltrane is the boy, Hawke and Ar­quette his es­tranged par­ents. While jug­gling the lo­gis­tics, Lin­klater has al­lowed an en­gag­ing, deeply mov­ing saga to weave its ten­drils about the loose struc­ture. Few films have blended the univer­sal with the par­tic­u­lar to such ex­tra­or­di­nary ef­fect. 15A cert, Light House, Dublin, 165 min

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