21 Up (1977)
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Critic Reviews for 21 Up
The third chapter in Michael Apted's one of a kind documentary
Audience Reviews for 21 Up
One wonders what an amazing piece of sociological study this would have been in the hands of a more skillful filmmaker, but even if Apted's approach continues to be a tad too mechanical, the answers we get from the participants (and the shock of seeing how their lives changed) compensate immensely.
Some of the children have grown into the people you expected. Some have not. I found it interesting how when they talked about the film series they discussed to pointless nature of it. I think they thought about it too hard. The point is to see the unpredictability of life and how we are not really in control of our futures.
They also talk about how they are judged by what is shown on the film and not by all the things they did to get there. I say what they answer the questions with shows us more about them than seeing what they do every step of the day.
So far this is an excellent series. We are still seeing these people from a time that has long passed and I look forward to seeing how they change as the world goes into fast forward in tech and thinking.
Interesting update on what those kids have turned into.
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