Boyhood is a 2014 written and directed by by one of my favourite directors, Richard Linklater. The film was shot intermittently over a twelve year period (yes, you read it right, it took 12 years to film!). Filming began in the summer of 2002 in Houston, Texas and completed in October of 2013. The film premièred at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and has a theatrical release set for later in 2014.
According to what we have been told Richard Linklater’s new film follows six-year-old Mason (Ellar Coltrane) as he progresses from first through twelfth grade, along with his older sister, Samantha (Lorelei Linklater), and his divorced parents, Olivia (Patricia Arquette) and Mason, Sr. (Ethan Hawke). As the years tick by, life changes dramatically, we find them facing the realities of not only growing up, but also the ongoing challenges in an ever-changing world. Boyhood aims to be a long-term storytelling, a time capsule that allows audiences to relive their own life through a series of memories.
I have been following Linklater since I started to appreciate films in my early teens. Linklater’s way to tell stories and self-reflections always fascinated me... the discussed philosophical reflections can be seen as complex or simple it depends on the eyes of the beholder. A lot of Linklater's films have non-formulaic narratives about seemingly random occurrences, often spanning about twenty-four hours, those have been hailed as alternatives to contemporary Hollywood market-driven blockbusters. In conjunction with these unorthodox narratives, the emphasis on philosophical talk over physical action is rather common in his work.
Richard Linklater began Boyhood production way back in 2002 and it was finally wrapped in 2013. Until the theatrical release, if you have not seen the most popular Linklater’s films Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight, you should go ahead and get on that... and Dazed and Confused, and Slacker... well, just watch Linklater’s entire filmography, you will be pleased.