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Honest coming-of-age tale Boyhood paints the joys and pains of growing up

Published on Aug 13, 2014 6:45 PM

Review - Drama - BOYHOOD (NC16)

166 minutes/Opens tomorrow/*****

The story: Olivia (Patricia Arquette) is a divorced single mother of two children, Mason (Ellar Coltrane), six, and his older sister Samantha (Lorelei Linklater). Over the next 12 years, Mason sees his family change as his mother remarries and moves the family around Texas. Appearing ever so often is his father, Mason Sr (Ethan Hawke), a footloose dreamer who seems incapable of becoming a responsible parent.

Forget 3-D images, vibrating chairs and surround sound. Total immersion in a movie happens when a film-maker sees the world through the eyes of a child such as Mason.

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