The results are in for the awards from the National Society of Film Critics, and I'm happy to see that "Boyhood" is among the winners! It brought a Best Director prize for Richard Linklater, who gave quite a chunk of his life dedicated to the film's development. In case you haven't heard about his remarkable movie, the most significant thing to know is that it was shot over 12 years.
That's right - 12 years for one movie! In order to realistically portray the film's premise, that being the coming-of-age of a young boy and his evolving relationship with his loved ones - Linklater had the same cast shoot the movie as they aged naturally over the 12 years. It's amazingly moving and engaging to see Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette (the parents in the movie - and two of my favorite actors) over the course of this long acting commitment, and especially the growth of the "boy" and protagonist of the story - portrayed by Ellar Coltrane throughout the course of his actual childhood (the story follows the boy from 5 to 18 years old).
I can't stop being amazed at the commitment the actors and director made to portraying this story - and the weight it gives to watching it unfold over the short time we have with it on the screen. As a mother it also makes me feel emotional about the idea of my son growing older, and how quickly it will happen (in the end it might feel like the accelerated way we experience Mason's growing-up in the movie).
I'm really happy to see it winning the awards it deserves!
Image credits: Mother Jones, LA Times