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(As­laug Holm, Nor­way). 102 min­utes. Rat­ing: NN When her two sons were small, Nor­we­gian film­maker As­laug Holm de­cided she would film them as much as pos­si­ble – ac­com­pa­ny­ing them when they went out to play, when their fa­ther coached them at foot­ball, when they started school. She shot for eight years.

The re­sult­ing Brothers is be­ing mar­keted as a real-life ver­sion of Boy­hood, but that just demon­strates how much work Richard Linklater did to make sure his film had a shape and a story.

If Holm had a larger pur­pose in mind when she started film­ing, there’s no sense of it in the fin­ished pro­ject. Brothers has un­de­ni­able im­pact when it mo­men­tar­ily jux­ta­poses the younger Markus and Lukas against their older selves – a true-life spe­cial ef­fect Linklater never at­tempted – but most of it just feels shape­less and self-in­dul­gent, as though we’re trapped in the theatre with some­one’s home movies. NW Apr 29, 6:45 pm, TIFF 4; Apr 30, 1 pm, Sco­tia­bank 3; May 6, 4 pm, Sco­tia­bank 13

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