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Absolutely jam-packed with touching, real moments.

The film isn’t nearly as satisfying as Linklater’s “Before” series. Satisfaction requires structure which requires meaning which requires causality which, over the span of twelve years, is not authentic. Which is to say: an arc would have felt too neat and phoney.

The film also suffered from a POV problem. Some of it felt like it was seen through Mason’s eyes. But most of it felt like it was through my eyes. It was a film about my memory of my childhood, rather than what my childhood was like when I lived it. The shot above is too wide to be from the perspective of the person sitting in the soil.