"Give me the child until he is seven and I will give you the man." Starting in 1964 with SEVEN UP, The UP Series has explored this Jesuit maxim. The original concept was to interview 14 children from diverse backgrounds from all over England, asking them about their lives and their dreams for the future. Every seven years, renowned director Michael Apted, a researcher for SEVEN UP, has been back to talk to them, examining the progression of their lives.
"56 UP reminds us that change is ceaseless and often dramatic, bringing growth we could never have dreamed of as little kids."
-Joe Morgenstern, WALL STREET JOURNAL
"Apted creates a graceful back-and-forth from the earlier films to the present, and the experience of seeing people who have lived so much on screen is quite profound."
-John Anderson, NEWSDAY
"These are moving images of touchingly vibrant lives at certain moments in time and space."
-Manohla Dargis, NEW YORK TIMES
Directed by Michael Apted. Unrated.
UK, 2012, Digital Projection, 139minutes, Color, English.