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Approved for Adoption

Approved for Adoption (2013)

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Average Rating: 0/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 0

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This remarkable animated doc traces the unconventional upbringing of the filmmaker Jung Henin, one of thousands of Korean children adopted by Western families after the end of the Korean War. It is the story of a boy stranded between two cultures. Sepia-toned animated vignettes - some humorous and some poetic - track Jung from the day he first meets his new blond siblings, through elementary school, and into his teenage years, when his emerging sense of identity begins to create fissures at home

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This 2012 feature is melancholy for a movie about childhood (probably too much so to appeal to children), but the intimate storytelling is appealing all the same.

February 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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"Approved for Adoption" is tough and tender, a rich resource for anyone who has been adopted, and anyone who plans to adopt.

November 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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The archival clips are eye-opening, and the animation, with its lovely subdued palette, is alive with the pains, joys and rascal spirit of childhood.

November 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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The movie is not always well unified and sequenced, but that seems to reflect Mr. Henin's ambivalence over a past that's like a book he is at once rereading and rewriting.

November 7, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Watching the animated memoir Approved for Adoption can stir a serenity like skipping stones on water for a delightfully long time.

November 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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It's impossible not to be charmed on some level by Jung Henin and Laurent Boileau's Approved for Adoption, though it's best not to ask for too much.

October 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
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The anecdotes Jung shares ache with honesty, effectively relating how he eventually reconciled his lack of a past with the promising future his new family offered him.

April 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Oregonian
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Using a motley mix of often charming animation and live action which includes actual home footage of Jung as a child, as well as the present time...Approved for Adoption strives for a narrative and emotional complexity it sometimes achieves.

November 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The hand-drawn animation here emphasizes the directness of the hand forming the image on paper, and the film becomes the ultimate expression of what started as the mere scribblings of little boy trying to find his place in the world.

October 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
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