First, let's address the flaws of the program. The series explores the class system in England and how it determines the opportunities afforded each child. Each series begins with the quote "Give me a child until he is 7 and I will show you the man." Finally, the attitude of the filmmakers toward women is evident, especially in the earliest episodes. The subjects also complain of the superficiality of the series, constrained to half-hour segments on each person every 7 years. True enough. Yet the series is mesmerizing for revealing changing attitudes and circumstances and how individuals cope with all the struggles we encounter as we age. Career advancement, relationship struggles, financial issues, health and death are glimpsed through the camera lens. Just to see the bright-eyed children at 7 and to see, even superficially, how each individual creates and lives a life reveals something of an era and themselves. The participants are subjected to the most intimate and sometimes mundane questions. Yet, for the most part, they continue to participate and kudos to them. I hope it gives them a chance to reflect and some perspective. I wonder if you would recognize the 7 year old I once was with the mature adult I am now.
Director Michael Apted revisits the same group of British-born adults after a 7 year wait. The subjects are interviewed as to the changes that have occurred in their lives during the last seven years.
December 26, 2019