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Creating the story of a child growing up from age six to 18, Richard Linklater’s film takes on the unforced cadence of a boy’s life. “So many movies have a structure that’s built around satisfying plot, and leave no room, or very little, for these real moments,” Linklater said in Written By. “You hear all the time, ‘What are the stakes, what’s the payoff?’ That’s all artificial.…I thought, maybe I could do a whole movie without a plot. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t make sense. It’s plot that’s fake. What’s real is the way life unfolds, the way time moves, the way things don’t always pay off in big ways. Because they don’t. Your life doesn’t have a plot. It has character and story.”

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