Over the course of 55 years, director Michael Apted has interviewed the same group of British citizens every seven years, each of them from a very different background. This groundbreaking documentary anthology has now reached 63 UP, further illuminating its premise of asking whether or not our adult lives are predetermined by our earliest influences and the socioeconomic strata in which we are raised. This latest documentary installment in this remarkable endeavor reveals more life-changing decisions, more shocking announcements, and joy and tears in equal measure.
“So beautiful and bittersweet. Now on a scale that makes BOYHOOD feel like a flash in the pan, the UP series has become a singular portrait of life itself: of its freedoms and limitations; of its differences and similarities; of its predictability and chaos.” —David Ehrlich, IndieWire “There's great pleasure in revisiting this series, seeing who turned out just fine and sometimes better than you might have expected or hoped… In a 2013 interview timed to the last movie, 56 Up, [Apted] said that he realized ‘when we do ‘84, I’ll be 99.’ Here’s hoping." —Manohla Dargis, New York Times “A perfectly satisfying summing-up of what’s proven to be the surest motive for any of its participants to keep filling us in on their personal lives, issues of class and destiny be damned—they did it because time, love, and just enough fortune allowed it.” —Robert Abele, The Wrap
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