The first thing you should know about Richard Linklater’s new movie, Boyhood is that it took 12 years to make. Usually that is a red flag but in this case, it was done on purpose.

What is impressive is that Linklater used the same cast throughout all 12 years. The studio responsible for Boyhood is IFC Films, who gave Linklater $200,000 a year so that he could gather his cast and crew to film 5 days at a time. Talk about commitment.

Boyhood is a coming of age film focusing on a young boy, Mason and how he deals with school, a divorce, relationship with his parents and his older sister. The movie stars Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, and his own daughter, Lorelei Linklater.

Boyhood began production in 2002 with only 4 lead cast members, each of them committing to a 12-year long shoot that ended in 2013.

“I was trying to tell a story about growing up, and I couldn’t really pick a moment … all my ideas were spread over the years,” Linklater told CNN.”I’d kind of given up, (and) that’s when this epiphany hit me: ‘Oh, I could film a little bit (each year), that could work.’ “, he added.

Critics and the public loved the film – the film is certified 100% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and a 9.0 rating on imdb. With Boyhood, Linklater won several awards such as, Best Director at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival, the Louis Black Lone Star Award at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival and Best Director and Best Film at the Seattle International Film Festival.

Boyhood is a genius film boasting qualities that are usually overlooked in avant-garde work such as intrinsic details, unforced comedy with quirky and enduring charm. It condenses a decade of life events into 165 minutes.

Boyhood is by far, the best contender for the Oscars next year.