35 Up (1991)

35 Up (1991)

35 Up



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In 1963, director Michael Apted and then-partner Paul Almond chronicled the lives of 14 seven-year-olds for British television; they returned to the same group at intervals of seven years for updates, of which this is the fifth. It's possible to watch this film without having seen the other chapters (28 Up and 42 Up are the only other installments in circulation), because Apted offers thumbnail flashbacks with each interview. Several of the original subjects declined to be filmed for 35 Up (the … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Television, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Apted
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On DVD: Oct 19, 2004
Granada Television Productions

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Critic Reviews for 35 Up

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (5)

There's certainly plenty of food for thought here, but most of it is served raw rather than cooked -- most of the significance of the development of faces, physiques, aspirations, and attitudes over three decades is left to the subjects themselves.

Full Review… | August 14, 2012
Chicago Reader
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[35 Up] finds this series growing increasingly rueful with age.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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The latest installment in the most engrossing long-distance documentary project in the history of film.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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It's a brilliant, vital human document.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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The film's realism is as ruthless as it is low-key. It's impossible not to look at the 35-year-old woman and mourn the loss of the 7-year-old girl.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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35 Up is a God-like glimpse of the uninterrupted trajectory of lives that is vastly disturbing, cooly scientific and intensely emotional.

Full Review… | August 14, 2012
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for 35 Up

We see one of the "kids" come back that had chosen not to participate in the last installment and two more drop out without a word. So we have lost three total at this point.
It's a weird thing to see these films one right after the other as the idea that so much time has passed for these people is hard to wrap my mind around. It's easy to be lost in the thought that these are not real people but characters in a movie. They are just really good at casting young people that look like the older people.
The fact that we get to see the span of these lives is something rare in cinema and I don't think people should miss out on this. Ask yourself some of the questions they get asked and see if you are not any different from some of them.
Another thing we get a look at are the marriages. In the last installment we saw most of them married and some even having kids. In this one we get to see if the marriages survived. Some did... some didn't.
The year is 1990 and we are soon going to be in a very modern setting and I still am wondering where the folks will be as the tech and society takes the big leap that is coming soon.

Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer

Perhaps I should review Apted's series in its totality but each of these films has their uniqueness and charms. This one is no exception although some of the children who were originally filmed in 1963 declined to be in this and subsequent series. Lives are falling a bit apart for our subjects. All the more reason to get updated in 42 Up.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

This series is great. Well worth watching from the start, but maybe with a few month's worth of rest between each film (unlike what I did) otherwise the flashbacks get a bit much. By 35 up I was starting to feel like it was all flashback and no current footage.

Angela Alcorn

Super Reviewer

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