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Times of India
Boyhood traces the life of Mason (Ellar Coltrane) as he grows from a six-year-old boy to an 18-year-old college freshman. From childhood to adolescence to the threshold of adulthood, the film captures Mason's journey through these phases.
Coming from a broken family, the need to constantly move homes, a wandering father (Ethan Hawke), mother's (Patricia Arquette) poor life decisions (read multiple failed marriages) and their subsequent struggles shape Mason's thinking early on. His understanding of his dysfunctional situation is the theme.
Based on a simple premise, the film turns out to be a unique emotional epic, thanks to the director's outstanding execution. Richard Linklater, the man behind Before Sunrise (1995) and its sequels, has done the unthinkable. He has shot Boyhood with the same set of actors for 39 days over a period of 12 years!
This ambitious effort lends supreme authenticity to the film, thus differentiating it from the standard coming-of-age dramas. The actors literally grow up on camera as the filmmaker does not resort to makeup or special effects but the sheer passage of time to capture the fleeting moments of their mundane life and daily battles. Never has ordinary looked so extraordinary.
What also amazes you is Linklater's patience and the risks he's taken. For starters, his central character Ellar Coltrane was seven when filming began in 2002! The director had no clue how he would look 12 years later. Patricia Arquette — as a vulnerable single parent burdened with responsibilities and regret — is brilliant. Ethan Hawke as a loving father, who keeps drifting in and out of his children's lives is equally terrific. However, it is Ellar Coltrane who makes the most of his significant role. You can identify with his confusion, rebellion, heartbreak and mixed emotions.
In spite of being presented in an unhurried, episodic manner, you will not find this over two-hour long docu-style indie film sluggish, for it showcases the minutiae of everyday life beautifully. No wonder Linklater said, "You've never seen a movie exactly like this, and you may not again. It is a life project."
The film was reportedly shot irregularly over an eleven-year period from May 2002 to October 2013, showing the journey of the young boy and his sister to adulthood.
The film has been declared a landmark by many notable film critics, with particular praise for its direction, acting, and scope.
Director Richard Linklater won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the prestigious 64th Berlin International Film Festival. The movie premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
Director Richard Linklater has cast his daughter Lorelei Linklater as Samantha in the movie.
Ellar Coltrane, who plays the boy of the title, was 7 years old when the movie started filming and 18 when it finished.
According to an IMDb report, nobody could sign a contract for 12 years for the movie as it is illegal in the USA to sign contracts lasting longer than seven years.
Boyhood is one of 11 movies to receive a metascore of 100, the highest possible score that a movie scores from movie critics.
The film features two songs by Arcade Fire -Suburban War and Deep Blue.
The name of the movie has changed several times. The film began production as The Untitled 12 Year Project and then became just 12 Years. However, later it was changed to Boyhood.
When Mason and other children attend a Houston Astros game, the visiting Milwaukee Brewers are shown wearing blue jerseys. However, in some following scenes you will see the team wearing grey coloured jerseys.
While Mason is driving to his high school graduation party the clock jumps backward and forward to time between 7:28 and 7:30. Similarly, when mom introduces her son to future husband, the clock on the wall jumps between 8 o'clock and 2 o'clock in different scenes.
There is a scene when mom is teaching and the name on the ink board says "John Bowlby 1909-1990". John Bowlby was born in 1907.
Although Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke both have blue eyes. However, their biological daughter Lorelei Linklater has brown eyes. Is it genetically possible? In extremely rare cases can two blue-eyed parents carry a gene for brown eyes.
In some shots inside the GTO the shoulder harness is visible in the bracket behind the driver and in the next shot the shoulder harness disappears.
When Mason is calling his dad using the iPhone, the image of him in the corner of the phone screen is not the same as how he looks while having the call. His hairstyle in the picture is dynamically different.
When Mason Jr. and his stepbrother are playing Halo 2, although the scene is shot as a single uninterrupted game, the map changes every time the TV screen is shown.
When the saw blade is thrown into the piece of wood the second time, in later shots it is in a different place on the wood and deeper into it as well.
In one of the first scenes of the movie when the Mom is driving Mason and Samantha in her car they drive by a street with an old car and a boat in the driveway and then a few seconds later drive they drive by the same street with the same car and boat.
When Jim is berating Mason over the nail polish, Mason's left hand stays in the same position on his right arm, but his right hand moves between shots.
Spanning 12 years, filmmaker Richard Linklater's Boyhood is an epic coming of age drama, which captures how we evolve as individuals. To retain the authenticity, the filmmaker actually took 12 years to finish this film and retained the actors. As a result, they literally grow up on camera, right in front of your eyes and there lies the film's brilliance.
The film begins in the year 2002 with six-year-old Mason (Ellar Coltrane) and his older sister Samantha (director's daughter Lorelei Linklate) goofing around in their house, living with their single mother Olivia (Patricia Arquette) in Texas. In order to finish her studies she decides to shift base to Houston. In Houston, Mason's father, Olivia's ex-husband (Ethan Hawke) takes the children out. His wandering ways and lack of responsibility irks Olivia. The children witness their parents arguing with each other.
The year is 2004. Olivia fondly introduces Mason to her professor Bill (Marco Perella). Mason senses Bill's proximity to his mother. In no time, they marry each other, combining their families (Bill's two children from a previous marriage). While the four children get along, Bill soon turns into an abusive alcoholic, forcing Olivia to end the marriage and rescue her children.
Since Mason's father (Hawke) continues to take his children out on and off, he has candid conversation with them about their love life, his love life, growing up and life in general. Mason goes camping with his dad.
In 2008, Olivia becomes a professor and gets married to Jim, a war veteran. An obsessive disciplinarian, Jim objects to her kids' freedom. His rising drunken dominance ends Olivia's third marriage as well.
Now in their teens, Mason and Samantha get along well with their dad's second wife and dote on their newly born stepbrother. Meanwhile, Mason bumps into Sheena and falls in love with her. In 2012, they visit Samantha in Austin. However, soon after, in senior year, they call off the relationship, a decision that leaves Mason heartbroken.
Since her kids are on the threshold of adulthood, Olivia decides to sell the house. As Mason is about to leave for college and move into a dorm, Olivia breaks down. She fears her future would be lonely. Mason consoles her and begins his college life thinking about how 'the moment seizes us'.
The release of Hollywood film Boyhood on the occasion of Children's Day is generating a lot of buzz. The movie traces the life of Mason (Ellar Coltrane) since 12 years, witnessing his evolution from a kid to a teenager and then to a man.
We bring you some interesting tweets around the film:
Check out what the audience is saying on Twitter:
Kalki Koechlin: Just walked out of Boyhood. A small masterpiece to the world, a huge contribution to my life.
Shilpa Rao: You guys must watch BOYHOOD, it's an experience more than a film. Richard Linklater captures yet again :)
Ambika: Boyhood generally one of the most boring terminology in this world, unless, we r talking abt the masterpiece fm Richard Linklater.#Boyhood
Michael Thompson: @BoyhoodMovie probably has to be one of my favorite movies. It was so relatable, it hurt.
Hadi Nili: I'm not sure if I can't star @BoyhoodMovie 10 out of 10, for what movie I'm gonna do that! Rests in my 5-movies-you-HAVE-TO-watch category.
Madhuri Banerjee: #Boyhood What a brilliant film. Time passes so quickly. Ppl grow & change. We forget to be mindful of our life. Amazing father scenes. #love
Biswajit Dey: Richard Linklater's poignant coming-of-age film *Boyhood* is so close to reality that it is heartwrenching. Amazing feat of filmmaking!!
Scott Weinberg: As probably the last film critic in the world to see Boyhood, let me just say this: Wow. This is a remarkably beautiful piece of work.
Vivek Bhatia: Boyhood is a one-off gem; a kind of film which has never been made before and probably will never be made again.
Mihir Gajrawala: 11 years,filming the same actors, to tell one story .. what a feat!! heights of comitment to d craft of filmmakng @BoyhoodMovie even after so much success #RichardLinklater still pursues the craft like no othr
Lord BaltiBottom: #TIL: Movie #Boyhood was shot with same set of actors for 39 days in span of 12 years #Epic
Ramji: bro dont miss boyhood. Dir has taken d movie for 12years with the same boy from his age 6-18 and also others. Classic!!!
Ankit: What better day than children's day to watch Richard Linklater's coming-of-age master piece #Boyhood
Satyanshu Singh: I already know watchin #Boyhood at different stages of life will bring new meanings & perspectives to me. One of the most #timeless movies!
DestinyIsabelle: Reciprocal scrapbooking: straight a mature boyhood violoncello since today's tech genius kid: QThg
Conner Smith: Do you ever watch really good movies that make you question your entire life? Well that was just me while watching Boyhood. Dang...
Sir Cheese-a-Lot: Is boyhood that movie.. the one where home-videos just go too far?
Paulus Theodore: One of the best coming-of-age movies of the decade. Linklater proves himself as one of the best filmmakers. #Boyhood
Tony Bell: Boyhood was a dope movie though
Cyle: it's true, boyhood is an amazing film, but it's only scratching the surface (albeit very effectively)
Austin Landry: If you thought "Boyhood" was the great contemporary coming-of-age movie, might I recommend "Hoop Dreams" (1994)?
Lishi Mâ¤ï¸âï¸: Boyhood was the most confusing ass movie I have ever seen lol
Nandini Ramnath: In 'Boyhood', the American family is viewed through a scanner darkly