Approved for Adoption (2013)

Approved for Adoption



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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Animation, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
In Theaters:
Box Office: $4.0k
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Critic Reviews for Approved for Adoption

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (7)

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.

Full Review… | February 28, 2014
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

"Approved for Adoption" is tough and tender, a rich resource for anyone who has been adopted, and anyone who plans to adopt.

Full Review… | November 21, 2013
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.

Full Review… | November 21, 2013
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.

Full Review… | November 7, 2013
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.

Full Review… | November 5, 2013
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.

Full Review… | October 21, 2013
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