Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, the film he quietly made with Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, and a cast of unknowns over a span of 12 years, is having a difficult time saying goodbye.
Since it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January, the ambitious cinematic experiment about Mason (Ellar Coltrane) and his family has become one of the year’s most beloved films. It’s one of the favorites for year-end awards, and with the film now available on Digital HD, IFC Films has posted an 11-minute featurette, The Making of Boyhood, on Hulu.
It’s pretty heartwarming, especially for those people who saw the film and now feel like Coltrane and Lorelei Linklater, who played Mason’s sister, are somehow part of their own family. (Coltrane has said he gets lots of hugs from strangers these days.) “I don’t remember life without [the movie],” says Coltrane, who started filming when he was only six years old.
“Sometimes we joke about the alternate title for the movie would be Some Grow Up and Some Age,” says Hawke. “Because watching this movie, it makes it clear how fast life is always moving and how in a lot of ways this movie’s about trying to live in the present.”