Over the course of twelve years, a young boy (Ellar Coltrane) comes of age in 21st century Texas. Beginning with his unreliable biological father (Ethan Hawke), the boy watches as his mom (Patricia Arquette) cycles through a series of doomed relationships. Director Richard Linklater gambled on a daring, unconventional storytelling technique. Starting in 2002 and continuing each year through 2013, Linklater filmed his movie with the same cast members. This decision to create cinema at the pace of reality pays extraordinary, unprecedented dividends; Coltrane's gradual blossoming from quiet young presence to magnetic performer ranks among the most moving transformations ever captured on celluloid.
"A masterpiece that isn't quite like anything else in the history of cinema." (Andrew O'Hehir, Salon)