49 Up | Chicago Reader

49 Up

The British TV documentary Seven Up! introduced the world to a group of ordinary British schoolchildren in 1964, and every seven years since, director Michael Apted has rounded up those same people to quiz them about their lives and loves, achievements and disappointments. This seventh installment is utterly fascinating, drawing heavily on footage from the previous movies to follow each child on the journey into middle age. Yet the subjects speak frankly about the pressure of growing up in public, the narrowness of Apted's questions, and the emotional trauma they've come to expect from having their lives measured every seven years. Seven Up! may have been a film that examined individuals, but 49 Up is a film about individuals being examined. 135 min.

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