Easily the greatest anthropological experiment in documentary cinema! In 1963, a group of seven-year-old British children from widely ranging socioeconomic backgrounds were interviewed about a range of subjects. Director Michael Apted returned to the same children every seven years for the past five decades to check in and document their current lives. As the years have progressed, this series has become one of the most rewarding documentary projects of all time.
“Apted subtly collages historical footage, allowing his subjects to fast-forward into the person they become, much as flowers bud, bloom and fade—allowing us to consider our own life cycle with startling and poignant clarity.” (Film Forum)
“If this is the final chapter, as Apted suggests it could be, it’s a worthy cap to one of the boldest experiments in world cinema.” (Variety)
“Critic’s Pick… There’s great pleasure in revisiting this series, seeing who turned out just fine and sometimes better than you might have expected or hoped…” (Manohla Dargis, NY Times)