Aroview: Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, this entirely unique project bares witness to an 8-year-old boy literally matures on screen before our eyes, serving as both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting.
Though it found mainstream success through critical acclaim and Oscar nominations, this is very much a cinematic experiment that falls between the tidy conventions of narrative fiction and the ostensible realism of documentary film-making. The result is semi-organic; messy and unresolved (like life) and yet subject to contrivances, and as such has divided audiences. Having said that, it is a stimulating, important work that will likely set the template for a future genre in this landscape of ubiquitous filmed images.
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4 stars (Very Good) It's at its best when it's at it's least narratively conventional. Littered by gorgeous Linklater moments and dialogue, you occasionally have to sit through more narrative bits that are less powerful- but it's still great.~Sevenhead