Boyhood |



No heavy makeup or special effects were needed to transform Mason (Ellar Coltrane) from a child into a young man in the coming-of-age drama Boyhood. Director Richard Linklater (Before Midnight) had a lean shooting schedule of just 39 days, but they extended over 12 years. “I wanted to make a portrait of maturing,” says Linklater. “I was thinking of the grid we all grew up in — you’re stuck in your parents’ house and the public-school education system. I remember thinking, ‘After this, my own life will begin.’” Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, and Linklater’s daughter, Lorelei, round out a family that deals with unhappy marriages, divorce, puberty, and first love. For the actors, watching themselves age over a decade was quite an experience. “There were brutal elements, I will say that much,” says Arquette with a laugh. Linklater advised Coltrane, who began the project at age 7, to watch the completed film alone. “There was a point when I just stepped back and realized the magnitude of the project,” says Coltrane, now 19, “and just what a massive part of my life it has been.”