Richard Linklater And The Artistic Restraint Of 'Boyhood'

February 21, 2015 5:32 PM

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There’s never been a feature film like it. Twelve years in the making, it has an ambition unique in cinema and hard to wrap your head around. Director Richard Linklater‘s acclaimed Boyhood is one of the great film accomplishments of 2014 and of 21st Century cinema. Those who underestimate its artistry, its narrative importance, and its impact do so at their own intellectual risk. It boldly declares the greatest stories are the lives of real people, and the greatest characters are ordinary people trying to find their way in life. Here is a film that cares so much about its characters’ lives, it is content to let that be its sole reason for existing. There is more life, character, and humanity in this quiet film than you’ll find in most all of the other films released in a given year combined.

Boyhood is nominated for multiple Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Original Screenplay. The film also garnered Spirit Awards nominations for Best Feature, Best Director, Best Editing, Best Supporting Fe...

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