Final curtain call: “Boyhood” soon to close at The Tivoli

U-News Staff

Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” is finishing its run at the Tivoli Cinema in Westport. Movie goers on the hunt for a new movie must make this film a priority.

It is an audacious work, filmed over the course of twelve years that tackles the challenges of being a kid. Mason (Ellar Coltrane) opens the movie at age six, with his sister, Samantha (Lorelei Linklater)
In each snapshot we see Mason and all the people in his life getting older and the struggles he must overcome in a complex and dynamic world. In particular, the feeling of helplessness as he watches his mother, Olivia (Patricia Arquette) cycle through a series of abusive relationships. He is unable to do anything but be present with her as she overcomes these challenges and the struggle of being a single mother raising two young children.
Escape comes in the form of his father, Mason, Sr. (Ethan Hawke), who embodies a spirit of freedom that Mason longs to replicate. Even this is complicated, however, as time passes and Mason’s father begins to slow down and rethink his own desire to start another family.

“Boyhood” is a movie in progression, time being a major component of this film. As time progresses, the characters age and adapts to the ever-changing world around them. The film is a transcendent time capsule that will bring the viewer a certain level of nostalgia. The music alone spans decades, by groups ranging from The Flaming Lips to Vampire Weekend.

A tantalizing marvel of artistic exercise that pushes the boundaries of contemporary filmmaking, “Boyhood” is an unparalleled creation that is a retrospective on our own individual lives and the relationships we share with passing time. It is impossible to think of Mason, his family and their journey together and not be reminded of one’s own journey through life.

“Boyhood” is currently showing at Tivoli Cinemas in Westport and will be released on DVD in November.