Richard Linklater’s latest experiment in time-lapse filmmaking—the tale of a child’s growing-up shot, a few scenes at a time, over a period of a dozen years—is fascinating. Linklater has referred to Ellar Coltrane, documented from age six to eighteen, as the son he never had; what gives Boyhood an additional subtext and allows for reading the movie against the grain is the knowledge that Lorelei Linklater, who has an ever less central role as Ellar’s sister, is the filmmaker’s actual daughter.
Opens July 11 at the IFC Center, with other theaters to follow.
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