The films “Boyhood” and “Run Lola Run” explore the manipulation of time in varying ways. Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” follows Mason from the age six to 18 as he grows and learns to navigate through life. The movie is organized in chronological order and told in real time, allowing for the audience to gain heightened empathy towards Mason and his experiences. Tom Tykwer’s “Run Lola Run” follows Lola as she attempts to gather 100,000 for her boyfriend within twenty minutes in order to save her boyfriend’s life. The narrative repeats three times, until Lola wins the money and receives the ending she is happy with. “Boyhood” and “Run Lola Run” manipulate time in order to create an illusion of reality that connects the audience to the main character.
In “Boyhood”, the events are presented in sequential order. Despite being in chronological order, the audience does not have access to the moments in Mason’s daily life. This eliminates the idea the piece being a direct illusion of reality, since the mundane moments from his life are not available for viewing. The audience is unaware of what chores he must do at home and has little to no insight about the smaller moments in the relationship with his family. Most of the interactions the main character has with the secondary and minor characters take place during moment of dramatic change. The first abusive stepfather is revealed to the viewer in the same way it is to Mason. The shot starts as slow reveal that moves around the