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Boyhood, shot over 12 years, charts the growth of a six-year-old going into young adulthood

Published on Aug 13, 2014 6:43 PM

Art is long and time is fleeting, so says the 19th-century American poet Henry Longfellow. It is a sentiment American film-maker Richard Linklater would no doubt agree with. The School Of Rock director is back in cinemas with Boyhood, a critically acclaimed film that was 12 years in the making.

The film charts the development of a boy called Mason from the age of six to 18 and he is played by Ellar Coltrane, as the hitherto unknown actor grew up in real life. There is no conventional narrative propelling the story.

Rather, the audience simply watches a boy grow up into a man, witnessing his first love, his new schools and his alcoholic stepfathers. He has a loving but befuddled mother and a cool if mostly irresponsible father.

Linklater, 54, says: "Boyhood almost didn't feel like a film at all while we were working on it. It didn't have all the usual expectations. It felt more like a novel or a time sculpture. Cinema is my world, but it did feel 'other', like it was in its own cinematic universe."

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