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63 Up

Rated Parental Guidance (Coarse Language) ~ Runs 145 minutes

Dir.: Michael Apted, UK, 2019

Nicholas Hitchon, Tony Walker, Lynn Johnson

“In 1964, director Michael Apted began an English documentary series featuring portraits and interviews with 14 seven-year-old children from different socioeconomic classes. He got them to open up with questions about their attitudes about life, plans for continuing their education, and what they wanted to do when they grew up. Early on, Apted set the intention to check in with these evolving individuals every seven years to see how they were faring in their private and public lives. This film is the ninth in the series. It could be said that Apted has created a new genre of documentary called ‘Life Theatre’. This group shares some universal experiences, but in distinct ways. They are all very different, and they surprise us and sometime stun us with the various changes they go through. Watching them develop over the years deepens our delight in diversity and in the uniqueness of all human beings. After filming 56 Up, Apted pointed out some of the fascinating themes he'd seen over the years: ‘22 Up was full of hope, 28 was about children and responsibility, 35 was concerned with mortality when some were losing parents, and 49 has a sense of disappointment with lives maybe not fully achieved. 63 Up ends on an emotional and philosophical high note with these elders squaring off against physical impairments, death, loneliness, success, and service. Apted uses flashbacks from earlier films to remind us of his subjects' aspirations and accomplishments. They talk now about love and loss, successes and failures, staying put and moving, and the impact of the series on their sense of self. Michael Apted's 55-year investment in this extraordinary series has touched our hearts, minds, and souls with an enriched sense of what it means to be human.” - Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality & Practice

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July 12