Once again, the director of the trilogy ‘Before…’ shows the success of his career does not depend on the fortuitous romantic encounters between Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) around the world and that he is able to surprise us with feature films of equal beauty, originality and significance.

In Boyhood, his latest work, Richard Linklater makes a brilliant exercise in technique that has earned him several awards and nominations, including the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlinale.

Regardless of the argument (development in life of a child from childhood to adolescence), what he presents us is an exploration of the relationship between reality and fiction to discover that it is possible to create this false sense of passage of time without special effects or makeup to pretend to have wrinkles. The result ends up being so smooth that it is overwhelming. The secret, shooting over 12 years with the same initial cast, his favorite actor, Ethan Hawke (as the father), Patricia Arquette (mother), Ellar Coltrane (as the young Mason) and Lorelei Linklater, the director’s daughter (as the sister of the protagonist).

It was a risky deed but against all odds and dodging all sorts of difficulties along the long way, it came to fruition.

With Boyhood, Linklater has definitely won the hearts of critics. Even the more reticent sector for the turnaround in his career with Bad News Bears (2005) and School of Rock (2003), has fallen at his feet. No one doubts his sensitivity and his genius producing intimate, simple and high-quality works.

Release date in Spain: September 26th