Family Portrait In Black And White Reviews

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 18, 2012
It's a fascinating story, fascinatingly told.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
July 15, 2012
The Old Woman Who Lived In A Shoe, anyone? But where the film leads as if by chance in a surprising second direction, is an ideological conflict running parallel to racial issues. Namely, this mom's post-Soviet longing for allegiance to the collective.
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
July 13, 2012
A documentary about the refusal of one woman to cater to the prejudices of Ukrainian society and an inspiration to all of us in a badly decomposing civilization.
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
July 12, 2012
Frustrating, but it gets high marks for honesty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
July 11, 2012
Riveting viewing.
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
July 11, 2012
Julia Ivanova doesn't judge her subject, refusing to see her through the eyes of a presumably better-off first-world citizen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
March 2, 2012
It should be incumbent on director Julia Ivanova to provide focus. Instead she is all over the narrative maps, finding scattered dots and leaving the connections to the viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
March 2, 2012
Though only 85 minutes, the film captures an entire, bewilderingly extended family and way of life inside a sturdy frame.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 1, 2012
Looks at a Ukrainian family of one single mom and a huge brood of children and finds that love grows exponentially.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
July 12, 2012
Portrait In Black And White tries to capture the dynamic between Nenya and her children, as well as their family and the hostility of neighbors and government bureaucrats, but the footage doesn't cut together well.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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