Yesterday I saw Boyhood, the acclaimed film by Richard Linklater, which I doubt will ever be duplicated. It was filmed over a 12 year period as we watch a 6 year old played by Ellar Coltrane, grow into an 18 year old young man, literally right before our eyes.
At first, when I thought about a film shot over a 12 year period, I only could think of the grand scope of such a task and no doubt it was. However, as my son pointed out, what is so stunning is that the grandiosity of the project is made by very small, yet extremely impactful little moments of a life.
And the extra special treat is that we not only see the young character played by Ellar come of age, but we see his parents, played by Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke also come of age, as if to say, WE ALL COME OF AGE EVERY MOMENT OF OUR EXISTENCE.