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Couleur de peau: Miel (Approved for Adoption) (2013)

Couleur de peau: Miel (Approved for Adoption) (2013)

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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 and ignite the latent biases of his adoptive parents. The filmmaker tells his story using his own animation intercut with snippets of super-8 family footage and archival film. The result is an animated memoir like no other: clear-eyed and unflinching, humorous and wry, and above all, inspiring in the capacity of the human heart. (c) GKids

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Cast

Christelle Cornil
as La mère adoptive de Jung
Jean-Luc Couchard
as Le père adoptif de Jung
Arthur Dubois
as Jung (8 years old)
David Macaluso
as Jung (17 years old)
David Murgia
as Cédric (17 years old)
Cathy Boquet
as Gaëlle (14 years old)
Jazz Marlier
as Catherine (7 years old), Catherine (7 years old)/Catherine (10 years old)
Mahé Collet
as Valérie (3 years old)
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Critic Reviews for Couleur de peau: Miel (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.

February 28, 2014 | Full Review…

"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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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