Film & Enneagram: Boyhood

Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, this film is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason, who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. This drama charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay's Yellow to Arcade Fire's Deep Blue. The film is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. It's impossible not to watch Mason and his family without thinking about our own journey.

Director: Richard Linklater

Cast: Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater

‎The film begins at 4:05pm and is 2hr 40min‎‎

Rated R‎‎ - Drama‎


Dinner Discussion: Afterwards, we'll meet to discuss the film and the Enneagram over dinner at a nearby restaurant. Suggestions welcome!


Questions to Guide Discussion: We may discuss some or all of the topics here: Discussion Questions. It may help to refer to the list before watching the film.


Note About Experience Level: We will use the Enneagram numbers to identify the personality types. If you are new to the system, we strongly advise you to familiarize yourself with the various types and their numbers beforehand in order to better follow the conversation. Introductory information is available on the internet including The Enneagram Institute's "How to Begin with the Enneagram".


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  • David S

    I went and saw this great movie on Friday. There's definitely something of me in Mason. I'm a 9 and I like photography and there's more similarities.
    Here's inteview of the director this morning on KQED.
    http://www.kqed.org/a/forum/R201409011000

    September 1, 2014

  • Susan

    Boyhood is a lovely movie, quiet, with a peaceful vibe–very 9sh, like the lead character, Mason. He grows up before our eyes, literally, & the transitions are seamless. Mason's family life is chaotic, his heart gets broken, but he gets thru with equanimity & some passivity, without the drama of the more volatile types, or the rebelliousness of say, a 6. Because the movie was so focused on Mason, other characters weren't easy to type. The mom might be a 2, given her propensity for self-sacrifice in relationships. We typed the dad as a 7 because of his need, especially early on, for life to be fun & to not look back. The 2 stepdads seemed like unhealthy 1s with their fixation on rules & discipline. We didn't type the sister, but maybe her type will become clearer upon further discussion.

    Big props to Earl & David for quick thinking & driving, getting us across the city after learning the movie was sold out @ the Embarcadero. The discussion over dinner was interesting & enlightening.

    1 · July 22, 2014

    • Earl J. W.

      Great discussion and summary - thanks Susan!

      July 22, 2014

  • d

    here's the info on subtypes that i mentioned during the discussion. also a primer on tritypes:
    http://personalitycafe.com/enneagram-personality-theory-forum/39871-tritypes-instinctual-variants-sp-sx-so-explained.html

    July 20, 2014

  • Susan

    All shows sold out until 8:30.

    July 20, 2014

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