I will definitely re-watch this to see if it holds up, but on a first viewing, I thought for a story of directionless searching for human connections and relationships this had a poignant and clear progression to the same place where it began with subtle yet brilliant commentary from Denis in her camera angles, blocking, and lighting, and an absolutely fantastic performance from Juliette Binoche.
Probably my favorite Haigh film that I've seen. The first hour is almost perfection. After that, there were a few plot twists in the second half which I didn't entirely believe. Nonetheless, Haigh shows he is a master at constructing and directing an individual scene, and Charlie Plummer does a fantastic job of carrying the entire film on his slender shoulders.
I'm this far behind (two weeks) logging films at Letterboxd, because of Boyhood. I've spent over a week reading positive and negative reviews, trying to pinpoint exactly why the film failed to completely work for me. I liked parts of it - mostly the parts when Mason was a child; but as a whole the film failed to engage me, and I never cared about any of the characters.
Naturally, I am surprised at my lack of enthusiasm for Boyhood,…
"What do you do? It's such a stupid question. I thought I'd ask it."
"What do you do?"
"That's such a stupid question. Just kidding. Um, it's kinda hard to explain."
"Because what you do is complicated?"
"Uh, because I don't really do it."
I can't help it; I adore this film. There's no other film I've seen that depicts the challenges of a young artist adjusting to living on their own as hilariously, poignantly, and accurately as Frances…