Ethan Hawke plays the father of two young kids in Boyhood, and in the first clip from this Richard Linklater directed drama, he tries to connect with them on an emotional level. They've stopped talking to their oldman about their day-to-day lives, and he's not okay with that. Watch as a dad tries to bond with his children in this experimental new look at childhood, as it spans 12 real years in the life of Mason, played by Ellar Coltrane in a once-in-a-lifetime performance, as he grows up right before the audience's eyes.

Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater's Boyhood is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason's parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, Boyhood charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay 's Yellow to Arcade Fire 's Deep Blue. Boyhood is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. It's impossible to watch Mason and his family without thinking about our own journey.

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