Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, this is a story of a family seen through the eyes of a boy.

It is a slow story, but good.  Lots of intimate looks at real life through tough times.  It is definitely a sad story, with a cynical main character with opinions worth paying attention to.

I would recommend this movie, as long as you are patient, especially to anyone who has experienced a split family and its dynamics. A warning on that note: it will strike some tough cords.