Allow us to add some specificity to the headline here—Richard Linklater’s Boyhood doesn’t just take place over the course of 12 years in a boy’s life, it literally was filmed over the course of 12 years in order to show it’s young protagonist (as well as the rest of the cast) age realistically. That’s right—every year, Linklater would round up members of the cast (Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane, and Lorelei Linklater) and shoot a handful of scenes. This went on for 12 years, and now we have Boyhood.
The film takes place from the point of view of young Mason, who “literally grows up on screen before our eyes” as he survives his adolescence. It’s a heady cinematic experience, and looks to be another quietly satisfying entry into Linklater’s increasingly incredible oeuvre. Check out the trailer:
Boyhood is set for a July 11 release date.
What do you think of the trailer?