boyhood is like slowfood

Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood was born of such a simple, smart idea, it begs an equally simple question – could he just keep going? Every year for 12 years, the writer/director shot the same actors to tell the story of a boy named Mason (Ellar Coltrane) and his life from the age of 6 to 18. It’s an idea that, obviously, could be extended to tell the character’s story for years to come. There are other extremely formative times in a person’s life, outside childhood.... germain lussier//slash film

Richard Linklater‘s “Boyhood” was born of such a simple, smart idea, it begs an equally simple question – could he just keep going? Every year for 12 years, the writer/director shot the same actors to tell the story of a boy named Mason (Ellar Coltrane) and his life from the age of 6 to 18. It’s an idea that, obviously, could be extended to tell the character’s story for years to come. There are other extremely formative times in a person’s life, outside childhood…. germain lussier//slash film

i was enchanted by the film “boyhood” directed by richard linklater as i watched it yesterday and a couple of things certainly jumped out at me – pacing and content.  the first and very noticeable was my own jittery feeling at the pace and the length of the film. the content was abundant and flavorful, but my own anxious reaction was a point of curiosity. and the second delicious and familiar experiential are the truth and wisdom that evolve through the years by just living life itself.

the film was made over a period of 12 years and the cast and the script evolved and changed with time even though intention remained the same. just like a family holiday dinner, i believe that the ritual of making the film created its own ritual quality that became a supporting character in the film just as it becomes a ritual in an actual family. i had no doubt that the reality of comfort grew into its own as the storyline grew with its characters.

the truth, pain, and wonder of self-discovery and emotional hop scotch that is part of growing up comes across like gravy on mashed potatoes. the flavor in life often comes from what is mixed with our experience in our family life. and boyhood underlines this. and

this is a good film. this is a wonderful idea. this is worth your time. this is evolution. this is film making growing up a little. this made me want to slow down a bit. and it reminded me that life doesn’t always give us the family we want. we get the family we get and we have to find a way to make that fit.

“We are enslaved by speed and have all succumbed to the same insidious virus: Fast Life, which disrupts our habits, pervades the privacy of our homes and forces us to eat Fast Foods… A firm defense of quiet material pleasure is the only way to oppose the universal folly of Fast Life… May suitable doses of guaranteed sensual pleasure and slow, long-lasting enjoyment preserve us from the contagion of the multitude who mistake frenzy for efficiency. Our defense should begin at the table with Slow Food. Let us rediscover the flavors and savors of regional cooking and banish the degrading effects of Fast Food.”(Excerpt from the Official Slow Food Manifesto, as published in “Slow Food: A Case for Taste” in 2001)

 

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