Saturday, June 28, 2008


ABOUT: The Up Series consists of a series of documentary films that have followed the lives of fourteen British children since 1964, when they were seven years old. The children were selected to represent the range of socio-economic backgrounds in Britain at that time, with the explicit assumption that each child's social class predetermines their future. Every seven years, the director, Michael Apted, films new material from as many of the fourteen as he can get to participate. The latest film, 49 Up, was released in September 2005; filming for the next instalment in the series, 56 Up, is expected in late 2011 or early 2012.

MY REVIEW: Marriages are starting to fall apart or already have. More babies have coming into the picture. In 35 Up everyone is either content with their life or they are miserable. No one is extremely happy with the way their life is. The ones who say they are happy seem like they are lying for the camera.

Some who were in all the other films have not shown up for this one. I think mostly because they are at a point in their life that they might not be proud of enough to show to the whole world. One of the rich snobs who wasn't in 28 Up is back this time but not because he really wants to but says he is only doing it to show the world abour the crisis in Bulgaria. I'm thinking he is not going to be back for 42 Up. Some who weren't in 28 Up are still not back and who knows if they ever will.

28 Up was so exciting to see because everyone who said they weren't going to get married or have kids, then got married and had more than one kid. Most of them were really happy and some not so much. It was awesome to see how, for most of them, that their life was in a place where they wanted it to be. With 35 Up they are now coming down from that high and seem to be unhappy. I hope that by 42 Up they find something in their life that makes them happy again because if Neil is still depressing and everyone is still in an unhappy marriage, then I don't think I can bare to watch depressed people living in depressing lives much longer.

MY RATING: A depressing 35 Up gets a depressing 6 out of 10.


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