Shot over the course of 12 years in short stretches with the same actors as to realistically portray the period when a boy goes from child to man (without having to cast new actors), Richard Linklater’s new film Boyhood is nothing short of amazing in terms of scope. According to the official synopsis, “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.'” Slate reports, “Linklater hired then 7-year-old Ellar Coltrane to play the movie’s central character, and he convinced his Before Sunrise collaborator Ethan Hawke to play the boy’s father and Patricia Arquette to play his mom. These actors had to agree to film more or less every summer for over a decade in order for the project to work.” Boyhood opens July 11.

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