Boyhood | NC Museum of Art | Screen: Special Showings | Indy Week
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When: Fri., Aug. 28, 8:30 p.m. 2015
Price: $5, free for members

BOYHOOD

FRIDAY, AUG. 28, RALEIGH

NORTH CAROLINA MUSEUM OF ART—You've got to accept that Richard Linklater's Boyhood is going to be a bit poky and episodic. That's the whole point of a film that captures the jagged drift of a life using an artistic device of monkish dedication. Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke and Lorelei Linklater play a family with unexceptional problems. The film centers on Coltrane as Mason, tracking 12 years of his life over 12 years of shooting. It's pointless to talk about the plot, which is as rich with drama, ambiguity and boredom as any boy's acceleration toward the precipice of adulthood. It's the underlying mechanism that provides irresistible emotional force, as the young actors age before our eyes, one year at a time. We never forget Linklater is also capturing his own daughter's departure from childhood. A mournful tone sounds in his inevitable failure to do so, as each new version of her overwrites the last. This is a filmmaker who revels in random connections between strangers (see Slacker, Waking Life), exploring the flipside—how a connection as inevitable as family can come apart. But Linklater always finds a stubborn thread of resilience, and the film coasts toward a believably muted redemption. 8:30 p.m., $5 (members and children 6 and under free), 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, 919-839-6262, www.ncartmuseum.org. Brian Howe

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