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Trailer: Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ Is 12 Years in the Making

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, filmed over the course of twelve years, is the coming-of-age story of a boy named Mason (played by Ellar Coltrane). The film follows Mason (along with his father, mother, and sister) from the age of 5 to 18. Boyhood first premiered at Sundance back in January.

IndieWire‘s Eric Kohn writes, “Boyhood owes much of its power to this network of cause and effect spread across its plot with fascinating nuances. As his voice deepens and he blossoms into a long-haired, deep-voiced, pot-smoking teen, gains a first love and develops a promising interest in professional photography, Mason embodies the rite of passage indicated by the title.”

Here’s the official synopsis:

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.”