Boyhood — Featurette


added: Tue, Jul 1st '14

Richard Linklater's festival smash hit "Boyhood" may sound like a lofty idea: it's a coming-of-age piece about a boy's transition into adulthood, filmed over the course of 12 years, during which the principle actors would age accordingly. But to the modest filmmaker, it originated as a simple notion of "a movie about childhood." Not knowing that years later the completed film would earn enough critical praise to last a lifetime (let alone the duration of a boy's life).

Ethan Hawke, who co-stars as the boy's father, may have anticipated such accolades as he appears in this new featurette, in which he declared Linklater's film as a "complete original" during the onset of the production. "This is the first movie I've ever done that is truly not like any other movie," Hawke adds. And according to the reaction it elicited at this year's Sundance and SXSW, audiences seem to agree.

"Boyhood" opens next week, July 11th.

Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater's BOYHOOD is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason's parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, BOYHOOD charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay's Yellow to Arcade Fire's Deep Blue. BOYHOOD is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. It's impossible to watch Mason and his family without thinking about our own journey.


directed by   Richard Linklater

starring   Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Lorelei Linklater

release date   July 11, 2014

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