July 12, 2014 · 4:30 PM
From the director of the ‘Before’ Trilogy (Sunrise, Sunset & Midnight), School of Rock, Dazed and Confused and A Scanner Darkly comes a unique work in American cinema. Linklater takes a novel approach to the question of how to cast actors to convincingly portray the transition of a life from childhood to adulthood. His solution? Cast only one actor and shoot your film over a 12 year period, making the fictionalised growing up process as real as it could possibly be.
Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette star as the parents of Mason (Ellar Coltrane), with their estranged relationship providing the context for the film’s story of one boy’s upbringing.
The film currently has a score of 8.9 out of 10 from 1,100 votes on the Internet Movie Database
'Casting any six-year-old must have been a gamble but Linklater hit the jackpot with (Ellar) Coltrane, whose subtle style suits the naturalistic dialogue perfectly. By not restricting his time shifts to a set day of the year or a specific number of months, the progress through Mason's life doesn't feel like a gimmick and the editing between each period doesn't call attention to itself. That the 164-minute runtime rarely feels sluggish or padded is also a major achievement'. Amber Wilkinson – The Daily Telegraph
'Boyhood is far and away the best film I've seen at Sundance. It's lovingly assembled and acted with such grace and ease that it scarcely looks like acting at all. Midway through the film, I found myself wondering whether I'd ever seen anything remotely resembling it before. Except that of course I have; we all have. Simply look at your own family; it's happening all over'. Xan Brooks – The Guardian
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