STUDIO CITY ( — Richard Linklater, Oscar-nominated director of the “Before Sunrise” trilogy, wanted to make a movie that chronicles the rocky terrain of childhood and pays homage to parenting.

Rather than have different actors portray the two main child characters as they grow in “Boyhood,” he spent 12 years intermittently filming them so viewers watch them naturally age throughout the film.

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Linklater, who also wrote the film, offers snapshots of adolescence — birthdays, road trips, parents remarrying and all the moments in between — in a way that lacks the rushed, saccharine tone of many Hollywood movies on the topic of family.

Many critics are hailing the breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane, who plays the main character, across from Ethan Hawk and Patricia Arquette, who portrayed his parents. Newcomer Lorelei Linklater plays his sister, Samantha.

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Linklater and Coltrane visited KCAL9 Studios Saturday morning to discuss the unique filming process behind “Boyhood,” currently in theaters. They will be on hand for the 4:10 and 7:15 p.m. showings Saturday of the film at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood.

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