Seven Up

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1964
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Seven Up! is the first movie in a series of documentary films entitled the "Up Series" which premiered in 1964 under the assumption that your social class will predetermine your success in life. In this first film of the series Paul Almond directs as fourteen British children are interviewed about their lives and what they want for the future. Filmed in the UK where social classes can be extremely varied, no other films have been able to compare to this one. Follow up films check in with the children every seven years to see where they are in life and how it has changed since they were seven. Praised by many over the years, Roger Ebert commented on the film that it is "an inspired, even noble, use of the film medium", and that the films "penetrate to the central mystery of life." Of the fourteen children participating, three boys, John, Charles, and Andrew, are from a wealthy prep school. One girl, Suzy, is attending boarding school. One boy, Tony, attends a primary school in East London. Symon, a young boy is the only mixed race participant. Nick is a boy being raised on a small farm. A boy, Peter, is attending a middle class school in Liverpool. Finally, from London, Neil is a fun-loving boy and Bruce is an idealist who wants to become a minister.moreless
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