No stranger to episodic filmmaking, Richard Linklater (BEFORE SUNRISE, BEFORE SUNSET, BEFORE MIDNIGHT) succeeds brilliantly in following a boy’s life from the ages of six to 18, shooting periodically over 12 years.
Ellar Coltrane plays Mason, the son of Mason Snr and Olivia (Linklater regulars Hawke and Arquette). As his divorced parents find new partners of varying suitability, Mason Jnr faces emotional and physical uncertainties with growing maturity.
Whether he’s squabbling with his older sister Samantha (Lorelei Linklater, the director’s daughter), arguing STAR WARS lore with his dad, or having his heart broken by an out-of-his league first love, the film renders the apparently commonplace both unfamiliar and compelling.
And while the changes Mason and Samantha undergo are obvious, they’re subtly matched by those of their parents in this unique collaborative feat.
For anyone wanting to make an evening of it: Meet at Circus Circus (the pub across the road) at 7pm for a cheap Thai before the film.
I'll get there around 7 and try and grab the big table at the back. The film starts at 8.30, so we'll head over to the cinema around 8.15pm
It's half price on a Monday so tickets are £6.50+£1 booking fee for non-members, if you book online and £4.50 for Members.