Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

'Boyhood' Marks a Special Time for Director Richard Linklater

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

'Boyhood' Marks a Special Time for Director Richard Linklater

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He can bend time, he's eternally young and he's immune to the magnetic power of gold. But director Richard Linklater is no superhero, and he has no interest in making movies about them.

"I didn't grow up reading comics," Linklater said in a recent phone interview to promote his new movie "Boyhood."

"My mentality didn't include comics or superheroes. I went the route of Mad magazine and National Lampoon. When I got older, someone recommended I read 'American Splendor,' which is about the minutia of daily life, and that's the only kind of comic I like."

There's a lot of daily life in "Boyhood," which opens locally on Friday and is an early contender for the best film of the year. It might be the most unique coming-of-age story in the history of cinema. In brief sessions over the course of a dozen years, Linklater filmed young actor Ellar Coltrane, who literally grows up before our eyes.

Patricia Arquette and Linklater's frequent collaborator Ethan Hawke co-star as the boy's divorced parents, and the director's real- life daughter, Lorelei, plays the boy's sister.

Linklater says that before he started the project, he envisioned the first shot of the boy at age 7, looking up at the sunrise, and the last shot of the boy at age 19, looking out at the sunset beside a new love. But the year-to-year details would be flexible.

"A couple times, my daughter wanted to go live her life and she asked me if her character could die that year, but I told her she had to stick with the plan."

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Part of the plan was to keep the project a secret from the press. "I've been lucky to make a living outside the Hollywood system," Linklater said. "IFC Films really had faith in me and let me do it my way."

Such a long-term production is not entirely unprecedented. …

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