Boyhood

Boyhood

Boyhood

Longitudinal, observational coming-of-age drama from Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused), claiming Best Director and Best Film (Drama) at the 2015 Golden Globes. The movie was made over 12 years, filmed in annual periods, watching the boy (Ellar Coltrane) - as well as co-stars Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette (who won the Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe for her supporting role) - age and change. Hawke described the unique production as "timelapse photography of a human being".

Opens with dreamy-eyed grade-schooler Mason (Coltrane) facing upheaval: his devoted, struggling single mom Olivia (Arquette) has decided to move him and older sister Samantha (Lorelei Linklater) to Houston just as their long-absent father Mason Sr. (Hawke) returns from Alaska. Through a tide of parents and stepparents, girls, teachers and bosses, dangers, yearnings and creative passions, Mason emerges to head down his own road.

Ethan Hawke explained the ambitious project in 2013: "Linklater and I have made a short film every year for the last 11 years, one more to go, that follows the development of a young boy. I play the father, and it's Tolstoy-esque in scope. I thought the Before series was the most unique thing I would ever be a part of, but Rick has engaged me in something even more strange. Doing a scene with a young boy at the age of seven when he talks about why raccoons die, and at the age of 12 when he talks about video games, and 17 when he asks me about girls, and have it be the same actor - to watch his voice and body morph - it's a little bit like timelapse photography of a human being."

Best Supporting Actress (Arquette), Academy Awards 2015; Best Film, Supporting Actress (Arquette) and Director at the 2015 BAFTA Awards; Best Film (Drama), Director and Supporting Actress (Arquette) at the 2015 Golden Globes; Louis Black Lone Star Award winner, SXSW 2014
2014Rating: M, Violence, offensive language and drug use166 minsUSA
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

There's a rough-edged, organic quality that recalls the work of those European helmers Linklater so admires: Fassbinder, Bergman, Bresson.

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Total Film

Total Film

press

Extraordinary in form, ‘ordinary’ in content... ambitious, intimate and unforgettable. It might just be the apex of Linklater’s life’s work.

5.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Unshakable, witty and deeply felt, the film will be paying emotional dividends for a long, long time.

5.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

press

These are people you know, maybe people like you.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

press

What an astonishing achievement; what a beautiful movie.

5.0
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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Perhaps never has the long arc of the journey from childhood to college been portrayed as cohesively and convincingly... can be plain on a moment-to-moment basis but is something quite special in its entirety.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

An extraordinary achievement — tender, funny, wise and wistful, full of warmth and humanity.

5.0
0

A long film but one of the best ive ever seen. Each actor could of been the main character to the story. You sat there thinking this could be my life.

5.0
0

This is one of the most overrated films I've ever seen in my life. Painfully banal and monotone! Typical artyfarty blabla, new age I have to make myself intellectually impotent about nothing kind of movie. The perfect movie for those with a personal number plate I guess.

1.0
0

Quite a long film, but it doesn't feel like it! Loved this unique movie, some bits were funny and others were quite sad. The process of seeing the characters grow and change was something I've not seen before, and worked really well. The effort put into this film is well worth it and appreciated by the whole audience as far as I could tell!

5.0
0

This is a very unique film shot over a 12 year period using the same actor playing a kid from age 6 to 18. It shows what he deals with growing up as an adolescent to a man. The journey is amazing to watch. Very well acted. Especially Patricia Arquette as his mother. The scenery of the small town in Texas is great to look at as well. Richard Linklater has...

5.0
0

The director Richard Linklater treats film more than just an art. In fact he has tried several tests in various forms of filming (like his BEFORE series, Scanner Darkly). The BOYHOOD is just his latest test with TIME. By shooting consecutively in 12 years, he has made the film plainly genious by the form itself.

5.0
0

In 2002, Richard Linklater began his ambitious 12 year project. Casting actor Ellar Coltrane and filming him every summer for a week from age 6 to 18. Together they made something monumental. Linklater's coming-of-age magnum opus Boyhood, is an extraordinary achievement. Boyhood tells the story of Mason. His parents, Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke, are...

5.0
0

Forgetting even the interesting story of the films production, this is a really unique, special film. Very charming, funny, unpredictable - and thankfully unsentimental. Great performances, especially from Patricia Arquette. Will stay with you.

5.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

There's a rough-edged, organic quality that recalls the work of those European helmers Linklater so admires: Fassbinder, Bergman, Bresson.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Extraordinary in form, ‘ordinary’ in content... ambitious, intimate and unforgettable. It might just be the apex of Linklater’s life’s work.

5.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Unshakable, witty and deeply felt, the film will be paying emotional dividends for a long, long time.

5.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

These are people you know, maybe people like you.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

What an astonishing achievement; what a beautiful movie.

5.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Perhaps never has the long arc of the journey from childhood to college been portrayed as cohesively and convincingly... can be plain on a moment-to-moment basis but is something quite special in its entirety.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

An extraordinary achievement — tender, funny, wise and wistful, full of warmth and humanity.

5.0
0

A long film but one of the best ive ever seen. Each actor could of been the main character to the story. You sat there thinking this could be my life.

5.0
0

This is one of the most overrated films I've ever seen in my life. Painfully banal and monotone! Typical artyfarty blabla, new age I have to make myself intellectually impotent about nothing kind of movie. The perfect movie for those with a personal number plate I guess.

1.0
0

Quite a long film, but it doesn't feel like it! Loved this unique movie, some bits were funny and others were quite sad. The process of seeing the characters grow and change was something I've not seen before, and worked really well. The effort put into this film is well worth it and appreciated by the whole audience as far as I could tell!

5.0
0

This is a very unique film shot over a 12 year period using the same actor playing a kid from age 6 to 18. It shows what he deals with growing up as an adolescent to a man. The journey is amazing to watch. Very well acted. Especially Patricia Arquette as his mother. The scenery of the small town in Texas is great to look at as well. Richard Linklater has...

5.0
0

The director Richard Linklater treats film more than just an art. In fact he has tried several tests in various forms of filming (like his BEFORE series, Scanner Darkly). The BOYHOOD is just his latest test with TIME. By shooting consecutively in 12 years, he has made the film plainly genious by the form itself.

5.0
0

In 2002, Richard Linklater began his ambitious 12 year project. Casting actor Ellar Coltrane and filming him every summer for a week from age 6 to 18. Together they made something monumental. Linklater's coming-of-age magnum opus Boyhood, is an extraordinary achievement. Boyhood tells the story of Mason. His parents, Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke, are...

5.0
0

Forgetting even the interesting story of the films production, this is a really unique, special film. Very charming, funny, unpredictable - and thankfully unsentimental. Great performances, especially from Patricia Arquette. Will stay with you.

5.0
0