From IFC Films comes Richard Linklater’s BOYHOOD – a fictional drama made with the same group of actors over a 12-year period. The film takes a one-of-a-kind trip, at once epic and intimate, through the exhilaration of childhood, the seismic shifts of a modern family and the very passage of time.
BOYHOOD screened at the 2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL, the 2014 BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL and the 2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL.
BOYHOOD tracks 6 year-old Mason (Ellar Coltrane) over life’s most radically fluctuating decade, through a familiar whirl of family moves, family controversies, faltering marriages, re-marriages, new schools, first loves, lost loves, good times, scary times and a constantly unfolding mix of heartbreak and wonder.
But the results are unpredictable, as one moment braids into the next, entwining into a deeply personal experience of the incidents that shape us as we grow up and the ever-changing nature of our lives.
As the story begins, dreamy-eyed grade-schooler Mason faces upheaval: his devoted, struggling single mom Olivia (Patricia Arquette) has decided to move him and older sister Samantha (Lorelei Linklater) to Houston – just as their long-absent father Mason Sr. (Ethan Hawke) returns from Alaska to re-enter their world.
Thus begins life’s non-stop flux. Yet through a tide of parents and stepparents, girls, teachers and bosses, dangers, yearnings and creative passions, Mason emerges to head down his own road.
Set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay’s Yellow to Arcade Fire’s Deep Blue, BOYHOOD is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. It’s impossible not to watch Mason and his family without thinking about our own journey.
BOYHOOD opens in select theaters on July 11, nationwide on July 18.