starring Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater, Ethan Hawke
written and directed by Richard Linklater
by Angelo Muredda "I was somebody's daughter, and then I was somebody's fucking mother," Patricia Arquette's Olivia complains early on in Richard Linklater's uncommonly rich, deceptively titled Boyhood. Though it's been rightly celebrated for its guerrilla shoots and nomadic production history--depicting an adolescent's maturation from six to eighteen by reassembling the cast once a year, more or less in secret, for a few days at a time--Boyhood might be most impressive as a reflection on the impossibility of fully capturing what happens in all those "and thens" that constitute a life. An impressionistic masterwork, Boyhood is arguably both Linklater's most ambitious project and his most easygoing, revelling in the amorphousness of his conceit as well as the freedom it allows him to putter around in the unformed material of his characters' still-unfolding lives.