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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.
“Linklater's third masterpiece in the past decade should only affect anyone who's ever been someone else's sibling, child, parent, lover or friend.” -WILLIAM GOSS, FILM.COM
“Perhaps never has the long arc of the journey from childhood to college been portrayed as cohesively and convincingly as Richard Linklater has done in a film that can be plain on a moment-to-moment basis but is something quite special in its entirety.” -TODD MCCARTHY, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“There's a rough-edged, organic quality to "Boyhood" that recalls the work of those European helmers Linklater so admires: Fassbinder, Bergman, Bresson. ” -PETER DEBRUGE, VARIETY
“For as down to earth as the material is, Linklater elevates it into something important, making a study of not only childhood and human development, but the rigors and vicissitudes of adulthood.” -ANDREW CRUMP, MOVIE MEZZANINE
2014 BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL – SILVER BEAR (BEST DIRECTING), PRIZE OF THE GUILD OF GERMAN ART HOUSE CINEMAS AND WINNER OF THE READER JURY OF THE "BERLINER MORGENPOST"
SXSW FILM FESTIVAL – LOUIS BLACK / LONE STAR AWARD