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 (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 and is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting.
I’ve never seen anything like this. To spend 12 years filming a movie, with the same cast, well that’s unheard of. It was special to watch Mason grow up right in front of my eyes. I watched him face so many relatable moments: from the different step dads to the many phases of finding himself through his teen years. What a brilliant movie.